Submitted Macon County 2017 Fairest of the Fair Jaden Haehl is presented a merit award by Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton.

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Macon County 2017 Fairest of the Fair Jaden Haehl is presented a merit award by Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton.

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Members of the Macon County Fair Board of Directors attended the 96th annual Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention, which was held from Jan. 18-20 at Nashville's Music City Sheraton.

On Thursday night, Greg White, a Macon County board member, assisted with the auction fundraiser. Items from most of the state's fairs brought items in to be used in the auction.

Jaden Haehl, Macon County's 2017 Fairest of the Fair, participated in the Tennessee Fairest of the Fair Pageant. She is the daughter of Doug and Tara Haehl.

She was also able to participate in a competition that consisted of the girls decorating a shoe to represent something about themselves and/or their county.

The awards banquet was held on Saturday night. Fairs that met certain criteria were awarded the State of Tennessee Award of Merit for Fairs. Macon County met all the criteria to receive the Merit Award.

Macon County Mayor Steve Jones and his wife Latise attended the banquet in a show of support to the Macon County Fair.

Macon County brought home several awards from the meeting.

Three area ladies sent quilts to the convention. Teresa Wilson won third place for her machine-pieced, machine-quilted quilt. Wanda Sandifer won second place in the machine-pieced, hand-quilted competition, and Dorothy Hollis won first place and the Golden Needle Award for her Cathedral Window, hand-pieced, hand-quilted quilt.

The Macon County Fair Board entered categories that were representative of its fair. Macon County won third place for a fair show bill, third place for the fair scrapbook, third place for its digital scrapbook, first place for its free-standing display, third place for the fair website, first place for fair PowerPoint, and first place for creative fair idea in both the agriculture and non-agriculture category. The agriculture activity submitted was the greased pig race, and the non-agriculture activity was the iron skillet cook-off.

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Macon County 2017 Fairest of the Fair Jaden Haehl is presented a merit award by Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton.

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Red Boiling Springs resident Dorothy Hollis won first place and the Golden Needle Award for her Cathedral Window, hand-pieced, hand-quilted quilt.

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The Macon County Fair Board submitted an entry in the best fair theme display competition.

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Individuals from Macon County attending the Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention included: (front row, L to R) Angie Doss, Kim White, Beckett White, Greg White, Jeff Hughes, Jaden Haehl, Mike Jenkins, Lisa Yokley, Macon County Mayor Steve Jones, Kyle Garmon, Tonya Butler, (back row) Wynona Clayborne, Paula Burton, Marilyn Murphy, Chris Sullivan, Angie Sullivan, Hannah Hughes, Debbie Hughes, Jade Ellis, Eddy Clayborne, Shawanna Jenkins, Cathy White, James White, Latise Jones, Leah Anderson and Dough Haehl.

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The Macon County Fair Board won first place for its free-standing display.

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The Macon County Fair Board submitted an entry in the table top display competition.

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Macon County 2017 Fairest of the Fair Jaden Haehl participated in the Tennessee Fairest of the Fair Pageant.