The Dickson County Fair began its 97th season on Labor Day, and Dickson County Fair Association President Steven Manley said he expected between 20,000 and 25,000 fairgoers over the event’s six days.

Krislyn Hinson of Burns was named Miss Fairest of the Fair, and Prezleigh Duel of Charlotte took the top prize for Princess Miss Fairest of the Fair.

Hinson chose literacy as her platform during her reign, and she will represent Dickson County at the Tennessee State Fair.

“I’ve been doing pageants since I was a little girl, and I hope to educate people about how childhood literacy can help people have higher scores on tests and higher paying jobs in the future,” Hinson said.

The Dickson Livestock Association coordinated several shows at the Fair, such as the cattle and meat goat shows. Longtime fair board member Nancy Johnson, whose father, Kenneth Johnson, was also a longstanding participant and champion at the Fair, said, “We’re an agricultural community, and our fair is designated as an agricultural fair. Agriculture is our heritage.”

One of the newest additions to the fair was the Jump-n-Run obstacle course. Fair board member Horace Perkins said the event consists of two cars racing on an unpaved track through mud. The vehicles were stock cars with the airbags removed and a workable seatbelt.

There were 46 competitors in Tuesday’s event and 52 in Thursday’s event. Perkins said, based on turnout, that it will likely be a regular part of the Fair.

Dickson resident Nathan Manley competed in both Tuesday and Thursday’s competitions.

“There’s nothing else like it. It’s like a motocross race for cars with a little bumping,” he said.