Editor’s note: Main Street Nashville reprints some of the best front pages from the Nashville Banner, an afternoon newspaper that published from 1876 to 1998. The pages are courtesy of the Nashville Public Library, Nashville Banner Collection.
75 YEARS AGO IN THE
A preview of the upcoming Tennessee State Fair — the first in five years — was among stories featured on the front page of the Sept. 14, 1946, Banner.
The fair had been suspended since the outbreak of World War II in 1941.
The six-day event was set to include a junior dairy show, a horse show, free circus acts, fireworks, a musical review, and harness and automobile racing.
Also expected: “plenty of spine-tingling rides, shows and concessions — replete with balloons, pink lemonade, and as much cotton candy as the sugar shortage will permit.”
According to the story, admission to the fair was “60 cents and 30 cents, tax included.” Auto race seats in the grandstand were $1, and parking at the grounds was 25 cents.
Just last month, the newly merged Wilson County Fair-Tennessee State Fair was held in Lebanon. Neither Wilson County nor the state held its fairs in traditional formats in 2020 because of COVID-19.
The admission, as you would expect, was a little more than it was in 1946. The fair cost $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. An unlimited ride wristband cost $25.
But on-site parking was free.