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    Tennessee State Fair – Nashville, Tennessee

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    We saw many signs telling us about the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville since we got up to Tennessee. So we decided to check it out. There was a lot to do and while you can’t beat the 9/11 memorial they had, it was one of the smaller state fairs I have been too but the kids had a blast!

    Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee

    While visiting make sure to check out our list of 33 Amazing Free Things to Do in Nashville TN but you if want a discount on paid attractions, make sure to check out the Nashville Sightseeing Pass.

    We went on Tuesday during their promotion of bring in canned food and get in for $2 it saved us $24! Plus they had food for $2 and every ride was only $2 as well!

    Then the first thing I see reminded be in my face that we were in the south and YUM!!

    Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee Catfish

    The best part of the whole day is my 2 year old (who will be 3 in just a few weeks!!)  FINALLY wanted to ride rides, the last year she REFUSED!!  Take a look at the smile on her face!

    Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee Carosel

    She had a blast riding other rides with my son

    Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee Ride

    My oldest daughter had a blast too!

    Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee Rides

    Then we had to get some snacks. We headed to get my all time favorite carnival food ever!

    Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee Food Stand Blue
    Nashville Tennessee Vinyl Sticker

    Deep Fried Oreos. YUM. Next we headed over to the 9/11 memorial.

    Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee 9-11 Memorial

    They had many emergency vehicles displayed and then a trailer with the history of 9/11

    Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee 9-11 Trailer

    This memorial was run by the Tunnel to Towers foundation. The foundation was started by the family of a firefighter who died while trying to rescue people out of the World Trade Centers. Stephen’s story is he was off duty heard the call on his scanner rushed back to his crew had already left, he head toward the towers gets stuck in gridlock at the Brooklyn Tunnel. He straps on his 60lbs of gear and runs through the tunnel to the towers then dies saving others, a true hero.

    The foundation holds a 5K run every year among other ways to raise money to help build houses for amputee war veterans! They have many other ways they help out around the country!

    We then sat down with our kids and explained a bit more about 9/11, hubby and I both remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when 9/11 happened.

    After that we made our way back into the fair and hubby then saw this

    Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee Little Debbie

    He said he HAD to try the deep fried Swiss cake rolls.

    Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee Swiss Cake Roll

    He says they were amazing, I personally like mine frozen. We walked around some more then then hit up some homemade ice cream.

    Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee ICe Cream

    They make the ice cream with a diesel motor and the whole contraption was made by the Amish. It was AMAZING!

    On the way out we let the kids mine for gem stones.

    Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee Gems

    They loved washing the dirt away and seeing the colors of their gems

    Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee Sifter

    They were so excited to show off their gems.

    Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee Gem Bags

    This wrapped up the fair we made our way back to the car enjoying the live music.

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