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Welcome to Appalachian Fair

Appalachian Fair is a festival and venue destination located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Our fairgrounds host an annual fair event that draws visitors from all over the region, and our versatile venue space is perfect for hosting a wide range of events throughout the year. Join us for the 2024 fair, taking place from August 19-24.

Appalachian Fair

PO Box 8218
Johnson City, TN  37615

100 Lakeview Street
Gray, TN  37615


Office hours:
9am-4pm Monday-Friday


Members of:

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The Appalachian Fair Association, Inc. is a non-profit, agricultural, educational organization and sponsors the fair for the sole purpose of creating a greater interest in a better agricultural and richer rural life in the Appalachian Highlands region.

Our area schools and local extension offices contribute much to the success of the fair and all regional schools are urged to support the fair in every way possible.

The premium payout list is very attractive, and it is hoped that full entries will be made in all departments.  All citizens of the entire region are cordially invited to exhibit and attend the fair each year.

The Appalachian Fair was founded in 1926.  In September of 1937, the Appalachian Fair Association, Incorporated was established as a Tennessee Agricultural Nonprofit Corporation, being recognized as a 501c5.  In 2021, steps were taken to update our status to a 501c3.  The Board of Directors has continued to grow and improve the current and future status and offerings of the Appalachian Fair.  Our continued goal is to support and encourage the people and industry of the Appalachian Highland region.  Agriculture Education remains one of the main goals of our focus, as we continue to support and educate the public on the importance of agriculture to our community and our region.  As well as the impact that agriculture has on every individual.  Agriculture continues to be the number one industry in the state of Tennessee

The target audience for the Appalachian Fair includes all age groups and demographics that live within a 150-mile radius of upper East Tennessee.  This includes, but is not limited to: Upper East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia, and Western North Carolina.  The Appalachian Fair offers entertainment and competition opportunities for all ages.

In 2023 the Appalachian Fair saw over 200,000 in attendance over the 6-day event.  When combined with other events held throughout the year, the fairgrounds will host almost 1,000,000 visitors each year.

Our Mission Statement:  To provide top-quality, affordable entertainment and facilities, that promote agriculture and agriculture education through events held during the fair and throughout the year, while always exemplifying quality service to our customers.

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Experience the Appalachian Fair

Everything You Need to Know about the Appalachian Fair

Come join us at the Appalachian Fair from August 19-24. Our fair is open weekdays from 3-10 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am-10 pm. We offer a wide variety of attractions for all ages, including carnival rides, delicious food options, interesting exhibitions, and much more. Our friendly staff is dedicated to making sure your visit is a memorable one and that you have the best possible experience at our fair.

“Attending the Appalachian Fair was the highlight of my summer. The rides, games, and food were all amazing, and the beautiful Appalachian scenery made it all the more special. I can't wait to come back next year!”

Jenny Williams

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