NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee State Fair will be held at the Nashville Fairground in 2019, the Tennessee State Fair Association (TSFA) announced Thursday.
The 10-day event is scheduled to open on Friday, Sept. 6 and run through Sunday, Sept. 15.
TSFA has been in conversations with Metro government, city administration and the Metro Fair Board over concerns about the facilities provided for this year's fair. TSFA's concerns arose from the construction that is currently underway for a Major League Soccer complex.
Because of the construction, TSFA began a search for a new site to host the State Fair, after the Tennessee State Fair Commission - a body authorized by state legislature - instructed TSFA to do so in March. An agreement was reached with Metro government before the move to a new site was made, however.
Sixth District U.S. Rep. John Rose, who chairs the all-volunteer board of directors for TSFA, said after discussions with Mayor David Briley and members of the Metro Fair Board, accommodations were made to secure the State Fair's return to the Nashville Fairgrounds this year.
"I am grateful to Mayor Briley, members of his administration and members of the Metro Fair Board for the efforts they made in order to ensure that the State Fair will be held once again at this site," Rose said.
The theme for this year's Fair is "On the Mooove." According to those in charge of the State Fair, that theme is not meant to be a statement referencing how close the State Fair was to moving to a new location. It is instead supposed to be a descriptive phrase emphasizing how the state is progressing and moving forward.
For more information on the Tennessee State Fair, visit the State Fair website.