Annually, the Williamson County Fair hosts a very special group of guests—the Century Farmers. These residents own working farms that have been in their family for at least 100 years. Some Century Farms, however, are 150 or 200 years old, and two were founded before Tennessee became a state in 1796. Each property is not only historic, but continues to be an economic and cultural asset to the county and state. The dinner, by invitation only, is the Fair’s special recognition event that honors the 36 local Century Farm families who have applied to and been accepted into the statewide program. At the state level, the ongoing program has documented about 1,700 farms, representing every county in the state, over more than 30 years. The Tennessee Century Farms program is administered by the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
The Williamson County Cattlemen’s Association cooks and serves the dinner that follows a program of recognition including those local farms certified since the last fair. Each generation of every Century Farm family has helped to preserve what is irreplaceable – productive land that grows the food we eat. To each one we owe a debt of gratitude for their perseverance and dedication to farming for over 100 years.
The Williamson County Fair is pleased to welcome and to thank the Century Farm families. While enjoying the Fair, be sure to visit the Century Farms exhibit in the agricultural section on the main floor.