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 Volunteer Fire Station 1. 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. Lemarse "Cotton" Ivy of Decaturville, Tennessee.
Cotton is a 1947 graduate of Decaturville High School where he was senior class president. He attended the University of Tennessee and received a degree in Agriculture. Cotton taught Vocational Agriculture at Decaturville High School from 1955 to 1958. In 1958 he trained both the state winners in public speaking and parliamentary procedure. He is a life member of the Riverside FFA Alumni and has received state and national recognition from both the 4-H and FFA.
Cotton's career has including being a country humorist and entertainer and has appeared on many TV shows including a regular on Hee Haw. Cotton has been a salesman, Farm Bureau Insurance Agent and politician. He represented our area in the state legislature from 1987 to 1989 and was appointed commissioner of agriculture by Gov. Ned McWherter serving from 1989 to 1995. The L. H. "Cotton" Ivy laboratory at Ellington Agriculture Center bears his name.
Cotton'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. While making us laugh and smile, he has spread the message of agriculture, country life, and of God.
The 2016 TRAE Board of Directors is honored to recognize Cotton Ivy and dedicate TRAE to him and his family. Cotton is married to the former Patsy Joyner. He and Pat raised four sons and now enjoy retired life living in Decaturville.