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Conservation District Exhibits Shown at 2016 State Fair


The theme of the 2016 Tennessee State Fair was “A Tennessee Tradition,” an idea that celebrates the history of the fair's locally grown entertainments. But state fairs are more than just a good time. The Tennessee State Fair was formed to promote agriculture, horticulture, creative arts, industry recreation, economic development and natural resources, while holding true to its principles of agriculture exhibition and education.

The Conservation District used “We all Need Trees,” the National Association of Conservation District Poster Contest theme for each exhibit. The District provided hands-on activities and informational handouts. 2000 students attended a field trip day on Tuesday. Each group visited the “Tiny Acres” which included education stations and talks like

  • Soil in a Cup
  • Giant Pumpkins and Plants
  • Farm Animals
  • Conservation & Trees
  • Making Butter

The Davidson Soil Conservation District partnered with UT Extension. We placed an exhibit and provided competition for vegetables and fruit entries from the Davidson County Outdoor School Gardens. We used the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Publication “Creating A Healthy Schoolyard” for handouts.

Soil and Water Conservation exhibit at 2016 Tennessee State Fair students attending fair exhibition

Soil Conservation Poster Contest

This year’s theme was “We all Need Trees.” Students were challenged to create a poster with any image, drawing or design in accordance with the theme. The poster were judged on the conservation message, visual art, originally and universal appeal. The wining posters have also been sent to compete at the state level.

Tree poster 1 Tree poster 2 Tree poster 3