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. Thomas West of Decaturville, Tennessee.
Thomas is from Decaturville, Tennessee and has been a successful farmer and businessman in the community all his life. He is a graduate of Decaturville High School and is married to Wilma. They have two children, Jeff who lives in Chester County and Ronnie who lives near his parents and is caring on the farming operation his father began. While retired from farming, Thomas still lends Ronnie a hand especially during the hay season.
Thomas has spent his life working in the agriculture industry. He started working at Decatur Farmers Co-Op when it was located in the old building on the south side of town near the present day election office. After working at the Co-Op for a number of years, Thomas worked for a few years at Kolpak. In 1976 he returned to the Co-Op when he was hired as manager, a position he held for twenty years. After retirement, Thomas served on the Co-Op board of directors. During this time he also farmed until about four years ago.
Thomas has been instrumental in promoting the best agricultural practices for the farmers in our area. Under his leadership, the Co-Op was very important to those involved in the industry by providing not only the latest products and technology, but also educational services to its patrons.
He was also involved in helping with organizations in the community. Under his leadership, the Co-Op was an important sponsor of many events especially 4-H and FFA. For many years the Co-Op purchased the grand champion market hog and then made sure every participant received a decent amount for their animal. The scales that were used throughout West Tennessee in market shows were paid for by the Co-Op because of Thomas. The Decatur Farmers Co-Op was the official sponsor of the Riverside FFA chapter. Not only did he support these organizations through the Co-Op but also as an individual. He is a life time member of the National FFA Alumni and could always be counted on to support the Riverside FFA Alumni.
The 2018 TRAE Board of Directors is honored to recognize Thomas West and dedicate TRAE to him and his family. We wish him the best in his retirement.