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Music City Star Provides Rides To Wilson County Fair

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

LEBANON, Tenn. - For Wilson County fair goers the Music City Star was their first ride of the day.

"We decided that we thought it would be a great adventure to take the train from Nashville to Lebanon to go to the Wilson County fair," passenger Leighanne Lomax said.

For the first time, the train is providing transportation to and from the fair. The $20 ticket covers the cost of the train and admission. It's cheaper for kids under 12 years old.  

The route starts at Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville and makes stops in Donelson, Hermitage, Mt. Juliet, Martha, and Lebanon before arriving at the temporary Fairgrounds station an hour later. There, passengers load a bus for a short ride directly to the front gate.

More than 200 people avoided the traffic back-up getting onto the fairgrounds and any hassles to find a parking space.

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto took the trip from downtown Nashville, and greeted guests as they got of their train. He said convenience was only a part of the plan.

"That's been our goal, to find more ways to get the people out of Davidson County to Wilson County, Hutto said, "and the Music City Star has really helped up with that." "Of course we have one of the best fairs in the nation."

He hopes the convenience and excitement surrounding the annual tradition pays of for everyone involved. "It does bring people to Wilson County, which means sales tax dollars for our citizens here."

There are two trains to the fair and one returning at 9 p.m. The service will resume on Saturday, August 24, 2013.

Wilson County leaders said if this pilot program is successful the Music City Star may be used for other events. It may even spur talks about expanding the tracks directly into the fairgrounds.

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