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Fireworks, carousels, and chocolate-dipped bananas can mean only one thing: the Williamson County Fair is in town. This year it rolls in to celebrate the summer with rides, exhibits, and live entertainment from top acts from around the country. Thrill-seekers may want to start at the midway, which corrals all of the adrenaline-pumping, eye-popping attractions into one convenient location. The Enterprise dares riders to experience its 85-degree-angled high-speed twirl, and the Pirate swings them back and forth in a full-size ship that re-creates the excitement of the high seas, from mounting colossal waves to mouth-feeding a seagull. Plenty of family-friendly rides, such as a carousel and kid-approved roller coaster, ensure fun memories for visitors of all ages.

A trip to the fair wouldn?t be complete without exploring live events, exhibits, and competitions. Musical guests take to the main and blue-grass stages to keep toes tapping all day long. Further exploration of the grounds leads visitors to daily exhibits, from an agricultural-equipment display and a BMX trick team to a petting zoo and nightly fireworks. Judges critique entries in various competitions, such as bread and pie baking, the Fairest of the Fair Pageant, and the Sing Your Heart Out competition.

4215 Long Ln.
Franklin,
TN
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For Dustin and Justyne Noble, it's the typical boy-meets-goat, girl-meets-goat, boy-meets-girl story. Simply put, they grew up with goats and met in 2003 at the American Dairy Goat Association National Show while entering their goats in the competition. From there, the story takes off and continues with Noble Springs Dairy. Goat cheese is their star product, of course, and comes in varieties such as feta and gouda. Their prize-winning goats that wander the rolling green pastures of the farm also produce Grade A milk. To let everyone in on the process and farm-based fun, Dustin and Justyne welcome guests for tours that cover the milking parlor and cheese-making facility. On tours, families can also say hello to goats, chickens, and other farm animals.

3144 Blazer Road
Franklin,
TN
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Visitors pause to admire the vivid colors of original abstract paintings on display. Families sprawl out in the grass while sharing bites of chocolate chicharrones. Burgeoning artists take the stage to sing their hearts out while the crowd listens and sips ales from local breweries such as Jackalope Brewing Company. Who would have thought that this relaxing afternoon is actually doing some hard work? The Made in Nashville event does more than just celebrate local Nashville artisans?it raises money for the Tennessee Literacy Coalition. The coalition provides resources and works with teachers to raise awareness of the state?s adult-literacy needs.

7105 Peach Court, Ste110
Brentwood,
TN
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Few things in life are finer than a cigar (except perhaps a bacon-wrapped cigar). Today's deal will convert your printed Groupon into a few of these delightfully puffable paperwads: for $10, you get $20 towards cigars and accessories at Midtown Cigars. While Midtown, located here, is known for its near-endless selection of wine and spirits, your Groupon can only be used toward non-alcoholic items in accordance with the Sumerian Code of Ur-Nammu.

1610 Church St
Nashville,
TN
US

A hush falls over the pews and all heads turn to see the bride step into the light as she glides down the aisle. The groom's face breaks into a huge grin, and guests can't help but smile themselves. For an instant, everyone in the room forgets that this couple is already married, and that no one in the room knows who they are. But, everyone agrees that the ceremony is beautiful. This is The NotWedding, a mock wedding in which on-trend wedding vendors display their talents to entice those planning their big day. Brides- and grooms-to-be are treated to an entire faux wedding, complete with ceremony, dinner, and dance reception. They spend dinner jotting down the names of the bakers who created the delectable wedding cake, the chefs who sizzled up the artfully plated meals, and the rental centers that provided the elegant table settings. Guests can also glean ideas for modern and hip decorations and wedding-planning advice, including tactful ways to tell their fianc?e's father to retire his ruffled periwinkle tuxedo.

2112 32nd Ave. S.
Nashville,
TN
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Established in 1855, the Tennessee State Fair's long history includes more than thrilling Midway rides and food on sticks; the festival also features a yearly theme around which events and exhibits center. This year, the fair's theme is "Let the Good Times Grow," an idea embodying the fair's fiscal growth and the locally-grown entertainments it houses. The Taste of Tennessee event, for instance, gathers chefs who craft native cuisines, local bands, and area craft brewers.

The grounds also showcase a range of entertaining shows, from beauty pageants and pig races to dogs performing gravity-defying tricks to catch frisbees. Plus, the Kenya Safari Acrobats return for the 7th year to show off their incredible agility. Should younger visitors feel inspired to step on stage themselves, they can enter the kids' ice cream eating contest; a winner's trophy goes to the kid whose mouth can shovel the most ice cream and whose brain can withstand the worst ice cream headache.

500 Wedgewood Avenue
Nashville,
TN
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