Those, plus several other factors had to align for Chevelle Fletcher to become the latest winner of the Wilson County Fair Great Giveaway on Tuesday night.
Fletcher chose the 2016 black Chevrolet Cruze after she surveyed the other six vehicles. She said this was the first year she entered the drawing without predetermining which vehicle she would choose if she won.
The change in routine might have been a spark of good luck for Fletcher.
Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce president Melanie Minter flipped a quarter as Keith Harrison and Coleman Walker anticipated who would be able to call which door – Tennessee or Vanderbilt – from where the ticket would be drawn.
The 2016 Fairest of the Fair Abigail Grace Durbin picked Fletcher’s ticket from the Vanderbilt door. A couple of minutes of silence followed the reading of the numbers before a shriek from Fletcher indicated a possible winner.
After Harrison’s review, more shrieks of excitement came from Fletcher as she was declared the winner. Fletcher and her husband, Kenneth, picked the winning vehicle together.
The day was filled with emotion for Fletcher, who is the mother of CheKenna Fletcher, a Wilson Central High School graduate and Tennessee State University student.
Earlier in the day, two men were charged in connection with a fatal shooting that took place on campus last year at Tennessee State University. The shooting killed one and injured three students who were passing by, including her daughter.
Fletcher said the emotions from the day of the shooting resurfaced after learning of the suspects’ arrests, but after Fletcher won the car, the first person she wanted to notify was her daughter.
“Thank you God for my season,” she said.
Thursday is One Main Financial Day at the Wilson County Fair. Gates, buildings and carnival open at 5 p.m. Events for the day include Blues Brokers in concert, off-road challenge, open dairy cattle show, Doll Parade pageant division II, Fair Princess pageant division IV, battery power ride toy race, pedal push tractor pull ride toys, read and win, old-time spelling bee competition and $1,000 cash giveaway. General admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12 years old and free for children 5 and younger. Parking costs $5 per vehicle per day. Free parking is availalbe from Baddour Parkway and Peyton Road. For tickets and more information visit wilsoncountyfair.net.