Aug. 14-17

The Decatur County Fair features crafts, vendors, entertainment, rides, music, livestock events, horse shows, pet shows, educational exhibits, contests and pageants at the Decatur County Fairgrounds in Parsons.


Aug. 17

Lee Greenwood and Joseph Baldwin will perform at 5:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Visitors Center at Shiloh National Military Park as part of the free summer concert series, 103rd birthday of the National Park Service and Hardin County’s 200th birthday.


The Alex Haley Historic Site will have a celebration in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s 98th birthday from 1-8 p.m. at the Alex Haley Museum in Henning. Admission is free.


Aug. 17-31

The Maury County Fair in Columbia is packed with live music, pageants, tractor pulls, games, livestock shows, demolition derbies, 4-H blue ribbon competitions, beef and dairy cattle shows, live music, tasty foods, Fairest of the Fair contest and rides.


Aug. 23-24

Nothing is more Southern than delicious fried foods washed down with a glass of sweet tea. The Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Festival in McKenzie has fried chicken, fried green tomatoes and regional culinary delicacies.


Aug. 24

The 10th annual Dawg Daze Festival from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Milan City Park features arts and crafts vendors, local businesses showcasing their merchandise, live entertainment, pet pageant, chalk art show, antique car show, a 5K run, kids’ activities and family fun.


Ballet Arts Inc. will have its annual auditions for membership in the Local Youth Ballet Company in Jackson. The auditions will be at 188 Commerce Center Circle. A non-refundable audition fee of $25 is due at the time of auditions. Registration for all dancers begins at 8:30 a.m. Apprentice membership auditions are from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Junior and senior performing membership auditions are from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. An informational meeting for parents and dancers will be at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the studio at 731-668-7353 or go to  


Aug. 30-31

Thousands of treasure hunters come to Benton County to search 30 miles worth of yard sales and second-hand treasures during the Bargain Highway. Just follow Highway 69A from Big Sandy to Holladay.


Aug. 30-Sept. 1

Learn more about African culture with entertainment, workshops, educational seminars and more during the African Street Festival at Oman Arena in Jackson.


Aug. 31-Sept. 7

Celebrate one of the state’s top crops with live music, pageants, a farmers market and fireworks during the Tennessee Soybean Festival in Martin. The Oak Ridge Boys, Walker Hayes and Runaway June will perform.


Sept. 12

A Hemp Outreach Workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson. There will be guest speakers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on programs and services. Topics will include the new farm bill, hemp production in Tennessee and what is new in vegetable production. Admission is free, but you must register to attend. To register, call William Taylor before Sept. 6 at 731-286-7821.


Sept. 13-14

The Stewart County Quilt Show is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Quilts will be displayed at three locations: the Stewart County Visitors Center, the W.D. Sykes Museum and Dover First Christian Church. For event information, contact 931-232-8290.

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