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Guidelines for Fair Evaluation

The following five areas of operations have been identified by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and
the Tennessee Association of Fairs as the most important characteristics to consider in evaluating fairs.

Fairs will be evaluated by Official Visitors based on this criteria. Information from both the Official Visitor
Reports and the Merit Award Application will be used by the Merit Awards Committee to rate a fair based
on the criteria outlined below in order of importance, with Agriculture being the most important criteria.

Get the Tennessee Association of Fairs Merit Awards Application

  1. Agriculture/Livestock/Exhibits/Exhibitors
  • Cleanliness in barns and exhibit buildings
  • Number of entries (information provided on MA application)
  • Quality and manner of displays
  • Diversification of breed shows

  1. General Appearance
  • Cleanliness of grounds and buildings
  • Appearance of employees, volunteers, and board members
  • Restrooms
  • Concession areas
  • Trash containers
  • Decorations
    • Lighting
    • Flags
    • Streamers
    • Signage

  1. Community Participation
  • Educational Exhibits (information provided on application)
  • Commercial Exhibits (information provided on application)
  • Volunteers
    • Civic clubs/church groups
    • Rescue Squad/Civil Defense/Red Cross
    • National Guard
    • Youth groups/band boosters
    • Law enforcement agencies
  • Senior citizens
  • Prison labor/juvenile court offenders

  1. Programs
  • Entertainment areas and stages (location and visibility)
  • Variety of events
  • Appeals to all age levels
  • Daily attractions
  • Directional signs to entertainment areas
    • Fairgrounds map
    • Information board
  • Secondary stages
  • Roving acts
  • Major acts such as thrill shows

  1. Carnival
  • Appearance/lights/painting
  • Cleanliness
  • Employee's appearance
  • Promotions
  • Prices