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Get Rid of That Holiday Stress!

Stress Relief

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The holidays bring a lot of joy, but they can also bring some stress as well. Visit WilCo has some holiday stress relief tips for you to try this holiday season.

  1. Make lists to ensure you have everything planned out ahead of time. This eliminates forgotten items and last minute trips to the store.
  2. Take a walk on any of WilCo's trails or State Parks
  3. Enjoy a massage at Body Kneads, Etc in Lebanon or Massage Envy in Mt. Juliet
  4. The Dancing Lights of Christmas 
  5. Chad’s Winter Wonderland
  6. Enjoy a calming cup of coffee at Billy Goat Café, Split Bean Roasting Co., or Lulu’s Coffeehouse & Café
  7. Enjoy handmade donuts at J. Clayborn’s or Gourmet Donuts & Café

WilCo is full of ways to relieve stress this holiday season. Get out and explore the county, and if you want more information on things to do, like our Facebook page or visit our website.

The holidays are meant to be full of laughter and family, not stress!

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Come one, Come All!

Christmas

The holiday season is in full swing as we get ready for “The Big Guy” to make his yearly trip around the world, with a very important stop in Wilson County!

Christmas Parades are a very important part of Wilson County’s holiday season. Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, and Watertown each have unique parades during the month of December.

Lebanon will have their annual Christmas Parade on December 2, 2018. This year’s theme is “Miracles on Main Street.” Participants are encouraged to make their floats focused on a miracle, which can be created by an individual or through an organization. The 2018 Grand Marshals will be Make-a-Wish of Wilson County recipients Joshua and Gabe, and the parade will begin at 2 PM. For more information, click on the picture below.

Lebanon Christmas Parade

Mt. Juliet will be hosting “A Country Christmas” on December 8, 2018. The festivities will begin at 7:30 AM with parade staging and the parade will begin at 11 AM. For more information and the complete list of activities and parade route, click on the picture below.

MJ Christmas Parade

Watertown will be having their 2018 Christmas parade on December 15th starting at 2 PM. Spectators can begin lining up for the parade at 1 PM at the Round Lick Baptist Church. You can find a complete parade route and more information by clicking on the picture below.

Watertown Christmas Parade

So, bundle up, grab some hot cocoa, and see the parades Wilson County has to offer this year!!

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'Tis the Season

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It’s officially the Holiday season! Halloween and Thanksgiving have come and gone, and now it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! Luckily, that’s easy to do with all WilCo’s holiday offerings, including some of the best light displays in the state…or maybe even the country (at least we think so!) Wilson County is home to Middle Tennessee’s largest musical light display called The Dancing Lights of Christmas, where you can find a kid’s ice-skating rink, mechanical reindeer rides, life size snow globe photo booth, and delicious treats. Still can’t get enough of those twinkling lights? Check out Chad’s Winter Wonderland where you can see over 2 million lights, live animals hundreds of Christmas scenes, a live Frosty, and a real Santa Claus!

Need something to help you walk off all the food you ate Thursday and Friday? Don’t forget about Shop Small Saturday! Head on out to Watertown, Mt. Juliet, and Lebanon to see what deals they are having on a great day to support small, locally owned businesses.

Get into the holiday spirit this weekend between the turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie by checking out some of Wilson County’s festive activities!

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Feast Week 2018

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Wilco Feast Week in WIlson County November 2 9 2018

 

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The first ever WilCo Feast Week is here!!!! For any foodies out there, the ultimate week to feast has finally commenced.

Today, November 2, thru November 9, you can go to any of the participating Feast Week restaurants during their normal operating hours, ask for a *SPECIAL* Feast Week menu, and get three courses for one fixed price.

15 restaurants throughout Wilson County have chosen their menus, their price, and have even chosen to give $1 of every Feast Week meal purchased to a Wilson County charity of their choice.

Just like with any event, there are a few rules you must follow (but there aren’t many, we promise):

1. Click this link to see a full list of participating restaurants and their Feast Week menus

2. Show up hungry at one of the participating Feast Week Restaurants and enjoy three courses at one great price!

3. Let your server know you are there for Feast Week to receive the special Feast Week menu and pricing!

4. Leave full of good food and a good feeling knowing you just gave back to a local, Wilson County charity by dining for Feast Week!

5.  Order one meal for each person in your party (no splitting meals please.) Don’t forget to take care of your server! Your beverage, tax, and gratuity will be additional charge to the flat rate, and other coupons or promotions cannot be applied to the Feast Week Pricing.

So, have fun, eat at as many restaurants as you can in 8 days, and remember to tag us in your pictures with the hashtag #WilCoFeastWeek

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All Hallows' Eve

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Halloween is just around the corner, and Wilson County has lots of ways to spend your holiday! Check out some events happening around Wilson County this weekend and on Halloween night.

Make sure to have lots of fun, eat lots of candy, dress up in the best costumes but most importantly, be safe!

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See What's to Come in November

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October is coming to a close, but November is right around the corner. Check out this calendar of events happening in November all around WilCo, and, of course, make sure to like our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and check back to our website for more information on these events!

 

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Spooky Season...Enter if you DARE

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The days are shorter, the nights are creepier, the air is colder….it’s officially spooky season.

 

There is no better way to spend #spookyseason than screaming at Wilson County’s own haunted woods.

 

Deadlands Haunted Woods has been in the scaring business for 10 years. With three different options to choose from when it comes to getting scared, they guarantee you won’t leave disappointed.

 

You can pick from The Curse, The Portal, The Crypt, or if you’re feeling brave enough, take a stab at all 3!

 

They are open Fridays and Saturdays until November 3 from 7 PM-midnight. They will also be opened on Halloween for a midweek scare!

 

So get out this weekend, and dive right into #spookyseason.

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P.S. It might be a good idea to go over the weekend so the nightmares don’t make you oversleep for work.

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Happy Fall Ya'll

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Fall weather is finally here, and whether you’re excited for the timeless fall pieces like flannels and chunky sweaters or want to take a ride on the wild side with trends like flared jeans, popcorn tops, or lace, the Historic Lebanon Square has shopping to fit all your fashion needs.

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There's No Place Like Home

Get to know Ashley Shores Wilson County Tennessee

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Wilson County is most definitely a familiar place to me. So, sit down, kick your feet up, and relax as I tell you a little about myself.

My name is Ashley Shores, and I am the newest addition to the team over at the Wilson County Tourism Department.

I have been a resident of Wilson County for as long as I can remember (like since I was in diapers).  The only time I’ve been away from Wilson County was to go to school in an even smaller town. I went to The University of Tennessee at Martin where I got to live out my dream of being a radio DJ by day and studying at night. I worked at a nationally award-winning radio station for most of my college career, but it wasn’t until I met our current Chancellor, Dr. Keith Carver, that I fell in love with Social Media and knew I wanted to make a career of it.

Fast forward to August 2018. I have graduated and now I have to enter the real world. I moved back to Wilson County, put my nose to the grindstone, and found the perfect job. Well…

That’s where I am now. I will be that voice behind WilCo’s social media. So, if you see puns, pictures, videos, or anything else, that is all me. I am so excited to be working with such an amazing team, but the most important people to my job are YOU GUYS! Tell me where to eat (I love to try new things), shop (I might have a shopping problem), explore (I love to be outside with my pup), and anything else you love in Wilson County.

I want to find all the hidden gems that Wilson County has to offer, and I plan on doing that along with my {fur}ever friend, Jax.

So, here we go! Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. Adult world commencing in 3...2...1...

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4Th Of July Happenings In WilCo

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Wilson County Tennessee is ready to celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4th! Here are some fun ways to celebrate at events happening around the county!

City of Lebanon’s 4th of July Celebration

City Of Lebanon 4th of July Celebration

The festivities begin at 5:00PM on Wednesday, July 4th at the James E. Ward AG Center grounds with FREE Hot Dogs and Watermelon until 6:00PM. The celebration continues with live music, face painting, food trucks, and National Guard Displays. Performances by Fred VanHook, The Harmoneers, Evermean Evergreen Cloggers and Michael Neal.

Fireworks will light up the sky at 9:00PM, so grab the family and head to the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on July 4th to end your Independence Day celebrations with a bang!

Providence 4th of July Celebration

Providence 4th of July Celebration in Mt Juliet

Head to Providence Marketplace in Mt. Juliet for live music, inflatables, face painting, balloons, putt-putt golf and more family fun this 4th of July! Fireworks are a “one size fits all” to end your shopping day at Providence!

Stars, Stripes and Squirt Gun Parade

Sars Stripes and Squirt Gun Parade in Watertown, TN

Head to Watertown, TN for the insanely fun Stars, Stripes and Squirt Gun Parade! Hosted by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, bring your squirt guns down to the Watertown Square to celebrate the 4th of July. The parade encourages its participants and spectators to get wet by squirting each other with water guns! Of course, there is a section of the parade reserved for those participants who do not wish to get wet, but other than that, squirt at will! Parade begins at 3:00PM on Wednesday, July 4th.

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Top 5 Ways to Beat the Heat in WilCo

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The summer sun shines bright here in WilCo, but we know how to beat the heat by visiting some of the best watering holes around! Here is our top 5 ways to make a splash this summer in WilCo!

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Fun In The Sun – Get Outside in WilCo This Summer!

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Now that winter is behind us, it’s time to get outside and discover everything that WilCo has to offer for those seeking outdoor fun and adventure! Here are some of our favorite ways to explore the WilCo wilderness and have fun with your friends and family outside this summer.

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Batch & Bushell Farmer’s Market

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It just isn’t summer without all the fresh fruits and veggies that Wilson County has to offer! And where’s the best place to stock up on all the great produce? The Batch & Bushel Farmer’s Market at the Wilson County Expo Center!

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Dancing Lights of Christmas Coming to Wilson County

 

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If you love Christmas as much as I do, it’s going to be extra special this year! Wilson County is hosting “The Dancing Lights of Christmas” at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The move from their original site in Nashville’s Jellystone Park is a huge plus for Wilson County, but we want to share this adventure with all surrounding counties. So fill your thermos with hot chocolate and don’t forget the marshmallows, also pack those special Christmas treats. Ho, Ho, Ho, Come one – Come all!

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Wilson County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Most of us southerners spend our holidays eating! We must have our turkey & dressing, sweet potato casserole, squash casserole, mash potatoes, homemade yeast rolls smothered in butter and pumpkin pie with whip cream, (washed down with lots of sweet tea) only to name a few of my family’s favorite dishes. Your family recipes may vary from mine but, I bet you still have generous portions that last for days.

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Ready, Set, Glow! 5 Unique Summer 5K’s in Wilson County

Ready, Set, Glow!
5 Unique Summer 5K’s in Wilson County

Are you an early bird or a night owl? A fun runner or in serious marathon training mode? Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, you can glow, dance, and crawl your way through Wilson County this summer all while giving back to some great causes.The growing trend of themed fun runs and glowing nighttime 5Ks is hitting Tennessee hard this summer with hundreds of local and out of town teams already registered for the slew of courses glowing through the Volunteer State.

5K’s used to be associated with getting up way too early, lacing up your Nikes, and hitting a local park or busy street in town to raise money for a cause within the community. They often coincided with a popular holiday like St. Patrick’s Day or Thanksgiving and catered to those already fairly active in the sport of running. Over the past 5 years however, there has been a noticeable shift in the scale and mood of 5K races as well as what type of runner that the events
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Themes, outfits, after parties, and obstacles all play a big party in the new event style production 5Ks touring across the country this summer. Local races are following suite and often pull in just as large of crowds as the nationwide events. Here are our top 5 picks for fun run that will get you going, glowing, and giving back in Wilson County this summer.

The Glo Run, July 9th

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Night Nation Run, July 16th

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The slogan on the Night Nation Run tshirts is “I run for the after party” and with good reason. This event combines a 5K with an EDM music festival. The race portion of the evening is just a warm up because the real cardio comes in with all that dancing at the after party.

The official charity partner of Night Nation is I Stand Up to Cancer. A portion of all proceeds benefit this cause and if you are running in honor of friend or loved one affected by cancer, you can purchase a customizable race bib for a $1 donation. The bib says “I Stand Up For __________ “ so you can use the race to honor someone specific.

This event is held at The Fairgrounds. Packet pickup begins at 4, the first DJ goes on at 7, race starts at 8, and how long this festival rages on is up to the runners (and city ordinances).

Foam Glow, July 30th

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Foam Glow brings the bright aesthetic of races like The Color Run to a nighttime timeslot by setting the colors aglow in a knee deep, neon sea of foam. Race participants come armed with bubble guns and navigate a course filled with neon foam shooting cannons. The aerial view of this race looks like a scene from Ghostbusters, with runners wading through a glowing, foam filled street.

This event has already attracted over 350 team sign ups for the Nashville event and raised close to $6,000 in donations. Foam Glow gives back to Children’s Cancer Research and is still looking for volunteers for the July 30th event held at The Fairgrounds.

Mud Run, September 3

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This down and dirty day caters to participants or all ages and abilities from the fun runner to the serious competitor. The 5K course has 18 obstacles while the 10K course has 25 30 obstacles. Be prepared because almost all of the obstacles contain water and mud. 

Some people take this mud run very seriously. If that’s you, you may chose to enter the Competition group section of the 10K which is timed, requires you to wear boots and pants, and of course qualifies you to place. There are waves for kids and even dogs at this events as well.
This event is held at Taproot Farm in Franklin and begins at 9:00am. Cost of registration ranges from $20 $55 depending on which event you choose.

Sherry's Run, September 10th

Sherrys Run in Wilson County

Sherry’s Run is a local favorite in it’s 13th year of racing across Lebanon. As depicted in the picture of the starting line last year, the race kicks off with a balloon release and encourages race participants and spectators to attach the name of a loved one they wish to honor with their donation or participation. What’s really neat about this is Sherry’s Run hosts an online forum for people who find the balloons to write in, telling participants where, when, and by whom their balloon was found. Check it out.

There are additional fundraising events surrounding the run such as an auction and the Paint Your Town Green campaign in which donors purchase green bows to place on their homes, mailboxes and trees. The race starts at 8:00am on West Main Street in Lebanon. Runners can choose to be chip timed or not and registration fees range from $30 $ 35.

About Katie (our guest Blogger)
Katie Dillman is a Communications Coordinator with Premier Glow , an online retailer of glow products. She enjoys working with businesses through copywriting to share ideas that connect with their audience.

 

 

 

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National Junior High Finals Rodeo – By The Numbers

National Junior High Finals Rodeo – By The Numbers

Lebanon, TN – In a few days, a huge crowd of people and animals will be converging at the Ward Agricultural Center for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo from June 19 – 25, 2016. Besides the expected 50,000 competitors and visitors, you might be surprised to find out that hundreds of livestock are required for the competition. Here’s the breakdown from the organizers of the rodeo, the National High School Rodeo Association:

  • 80 Bulls
  • 100 Chute Dogging Cattle
  • 90 Tie-Down Calves
  • 180 Break-a-way Calves
  • 200 Goats
  • 80-100 Team Roping Cattle
  • 100 Bareback and Saddle Bronc Steers
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Business buy Bulls to boost Rodeo in Wilson County

Business buy Bulls to boost Rodeo in Wilson County

Lebanon, TN – There’s a bunch of bull in Wilson County, and it’s all in good fun, and to help promote the National Junior High Rodeo Finals at Ward Agricultural Center June 19-25, 2016. The Wilson County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau wants to remind everyone that local businesses may purchase the decorative bulls from the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce for $250 for one year or $400 for two years. Businesses may then decorate the bulls, and many have chosen colors and accessories that reflect their services and/or products. So far, county officials said 67 decorative bulls have been bought. But time is running out fast! Since the rodeo is coming up within a few days, this bull market won’t last long. This unusual promotion has gotten the attention of several local media, with WKRN-TV Channel 2 coming to Wilson County on Tuesday, June 7, to do a story about the decorative bulls to air on the news station this week.

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WSM Live From The Capitol Theatre

WSM Live From The Capitol Theatre

 

WSM Radio debuts a new, live performance show called "WSM Live From The Capitol Theatre" taking place in Lebanon, Tennessee just a few miles outside of Nashville. The program is a showcase designed to give much needed exposure to vocalists and up-and-coming bands that are serious about the music industry. With 5-6 acts per show, the 2 hour matinee program will air live from 1pm-3pm on May 21st and June 25th. Tickets are $10

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WSM Live From The Capitol Theatre is not a talent competition, but rather a showcase designed to give much needed exposure to vocalists and bands looking for their break in the music industry. A rich musical history has positioned Wilson County as an “incubator” for aspiring songwriters and musicians who are seeking performance and learning opportunities before heading to Music City. To be considered for the showcase, performers can visit WSM Online for EPK submission.

The fast-growing community is a short drive or train ride from Nashville is already the home of many country stars including Charlie Daniels, Tracy Lawrence, Darryl Worley, and Gretchen Wilson. Legendary songwriter Curly Putman, whose Wilson County property was made famous in Paul McCartney’s song “Down On Junior’s Farm,” is one of the county’s most beloved residents.

Iconic producer Owen Bradley put Wilson County on the music industry radar with his famous recording studio “Bradley’s Barn,” which catered to country and rock royalty in a relaxed, rural setting.

WSM live from Capitol Theatre

Tickets to WSM Live From The Capitol Theatre are $10.00 each and will be available onsite or at capitoltheatretn.com. The show will be broadcast live on 650 AM, WSMonline.com and on WSM’s free mobile app.

650 AM WSM’s first official broadcast day was October 5, 1925. The station is the radio home of the Grand Ole Opry, which has been broadcast live over the airwaves since its inception. 650 AM WSM is owned by Ryman Hospitalities. For more information on WSM, visit www.wsmonline.com or https://www.facebook.com/wsmradio/.

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Rodeo by the Numbers!

Rodeo by the Numbers!

Huge crowds of people and animals will be converging at the Ward Agricultural Center for the National Junior High Rodeo Finals from June 19 – 25, 2016. Besides the expected 50,000 competitors and visitors, you might be surprised to find out that hundreds of livestock are required for the competition. Here’s the breakdown from the organizers of the rodeo, the National High School Rodeo Association:

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