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Uncle Sam says ‘We Want You’ at the Wilson County Fair

Staff Reports • Updated Aug 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM

The Wilson County Fair Board selected “We Want You at the Wilson County Fair” as this year’s theme. 

The fair opens Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. and runs through Aug. 27.  Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren will be the official Uncle Sam at the fair.

This year’s theme at the Wilson County Fair centers on elections and voting. Uncle Sam and the patriotism he has come to symbolize is a fitting image for this historic election year. 

“It’s an election year, and we wanted to do something that had a patriotic overtone to it and encourage people to be patriotic and proud of our country and all of the things we enjoy,” said Hale Moss, president of Wilson County Promotions. 

Posters with Uncle Sam sternly pointing his finger at “You” are iconic images of World War I and World War II military recruiting posters. Uncle Sam was used in cartoons to represent the United States since before the War of 1812. He has come to embody the spirit of American independence, ingenuity and national pride.

“We are excited to have been asked to be a part of the fair this year. With two elections behind us and early voting for the Nov. 8 election starting Oct. 19, this is a great opportunity to promote voting, voter registration and have a lot of fun doing it,”  Warren said.

Come to the Town Hall in Fiddlers Grove to have a picture taken with Uncle Sam, register to vote, update voter registration and vote on fair favorites. Pictures will be posted daily on Facebook, and voters will be eligible for prizes.

For more information about the award-winning Wilson County Fair, visit wilsoncountyfair.net. To learn more about elections, voting and how to get involved with Wilson County elections, contact the Wilson County Election Commission at 615-444-0216 or visit wilsonelections.com.

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