State Fair closed Monday due to predicted Irma weather conditions

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee State Fair is closed Monday due to impending weather conditions brought on by Hurricane Irma.

The expected high winds and heavy rains were cause for concern for State Fair Manager Scott Jones.

“The safety of our attendees is our number one priority. At this time we think it best to close the Fair for tonight and readdress weather issues for the rest of the week as needed,” said Jones.

According to the National Weather Service winds of 20-35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are set to hit the Nashville area beginning Monday afternoon and continuing through Tuesday morning.

Scheduled contests, including the Celebrity and Legislative Milking Contest, will continue to take place as scheduled.

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