We invite you to come be a part of the Tennessee River Agriculture Exposition, at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.
Different events will be held throughout the week offering a variety of activities that will provide something of interest to everyone. The goal of TRAE is to promote the Tennessee River's agricultural industry and spotlight our rural heritage.
Continuing to educate our population as to the importance of our largest industry, agriculture, is as important today as it has ever been. The industry produces agricultural products and timber that are safe and dependable at the same time conserving our nation's natural resources.
Visitors to TRAE will not only be able to learn about current agricultural products, but will also be able to revisit our rural heritage through an antique tractor exhibit and by seeing a variety of farm and home historical pieces displayed throughout the fairgrounds.
Special entertainment events will be held nightly for your enjoyment.
Remember that TRAE has a free gate and nightly food will be prepared by our own TRAE Board of Directors and volunteers. Make plans to visit with us as many nights as possible.
The Board of Directors of the Tennessee River Agriculture Exposition are pleased to announce this year's TRAE is dedicated to Mr. Larry Paul Harris of Wildersville, Tennessee.
Larry Paul is an alumnus of Lexington High School where he was active in the Lexington FFA Chapter as well as serving as class valedictorian. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin receiving a bachelor's degree in agricultural education with a minor in animal science. Larry Paul taught agricultural education at Clarksburg High School before becoming a fulltime farmer in 1978. Today, Larry Paul owns and operates a 5000 plus acre diversified row crop and beef farm with his family.
Family and faith are key components in Larry Paul's life. He met his wife of 46 years, Judy, while attending college. Larry Paul and Judy have three daughters, Dana, Paula, and Jenny, and seven grandkids. All three of Larry Paul and Judy's sons-in-law work along side Larry Paul on Harris Farms. The future looks bright for the Harris Family Farm. Larry Paul, Judy, and their family attend Christian Chapel Church of Christ where he leads singing.
Service to the community is another trait that Larry Paul outwardly exhibits. He serves on Henderson County Farm Bureau and First Farmers Cooperative Boards of Directors. He served twice as chairman of the Tennessee Farmers Cooperatives Board of Directors and is a past president of Tennessee Soybean Association. Harris Farms is an annual sponsor of the TRAE Swine Show. When Harris Farms ended their hog operation, Larry Paul donated feeders to the Riverside FFA Chapter so that the chapter could have equipment to provide adequate facilities for youth projects. In 1982, Larry Paul was selected as a Pork All American. Larry Paul received the 2016 James B. Walker Cooperative Spirit Award, the highest honor that the Tennessee Farmers Cooperative gives to an individual.
Larry Paul's life personifies the objectives of TRAE, to promote the best interest of rural and agricultural life for the benefit of the citizens of our county, region, and state. The 2017 TRAE Board of Directors is honored to recognize Larry Paul Harris and dedicate 2017 TRAE to him and his family.