Nashville, TN - The Tennessee State Fair Association announced on Monday that the Tennessee State Fair, scheduled for September 11-20, would be "shuttered" this year due to health concerns and also the COVID-19 outbreak.
"Of course, I'm disappointed," said one local fair-goer. "It's a family tradition to play the rigged games, risk our lives on the rides, and get sick on funnel cake." He said he and his family will especially miss the livestock competitions, pageants, and unknown bands who perform each year."
Now, one Nashville resident is speaking out against the board's decision. Charles Hammond IV announced he is planning a demonstration from September 11-20 to protest the fair's cancellation. The 10-day No Fair? No Fair protest will feature elaborate games, rides, fried food vendors, as well as livestock competitions, pageants, and live music by unknown musicians.
Hammond told reporters, "The State Fair is meant for the people of Tennessee, but the people of Tennessee didn't get a say in its 'shuttering.' So beginning on September 11, we welcome all Tennesseans and their livestock to join us for this festive protest."
Hammond said tickets will go on sale in early July. He is also looking for unknown bands willing to play for free funnel cake. No audition required.
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