Micro-wrestling show scheduled for county fair

The Micro Wrestling Federation, based in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, will put on a show at this year’s Madison County Fair.

(Posted April 11, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

For the first time, the Madison County fair board is bringing micro-wrestling to the Madison County Fair.

The Micro Wrestling Federation (MWF), based in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, will put on a show at the fairgrounds at 7 p.m. July 10 during fair week. The show features professional wrestlers, all of whom are under five feet tall.

Ryan Kimbler, a member of the fair board’s entertainment and executive committees, said the board hopes the event attracts new people to the fair.

“We wanted something different than the normal fair feel. You always have your demolition derbies and truck pulls. We brought back the pig scramble. With this, we’re just trying to get different audiences into the fair,” Kimbler said.

One reason the board decided to contract with MWF is the fact that the organization and some of its members were the focus of “Big Little Brawlers,” a reality television show that aired on the Discovery Channel earlier this year.

“With them being on the Discovery Channel and the show having wide viewership, we think they will draw a crowd,” Kimbler said.

Founded in 2000, MWF puts on over 400 shows a year, including four shows a week at their Microtorium in Pigeon Forge and approximately 200 shows on the road across the country. The federation employs 30 wrestlers who perform in groups of 10–one group at the Microtorium and two groups on the road. Last year, the road groups performed at 42 county fairs and are on track to do the same this year, along with 40 to 60 road shows outside of fair season.

“People can expect to see a full-scale, WWE-type of event at our shows,” said Jack Darrell, MWF CEO, adding that the shows are family-friendly and appropriate for all ages. High-flying wrestling moves and unforgettable characters are the name of the game, he said.

The show lasts two hours with an intermission. In addition to four wrestling matches, the show includes variety acts, including a Michael Jackson impersonator and a couple of rock-and-roll singers. The performers will be available after the show for a meet-and-greet, photos, and autographs.

This is one of the few events for which the fair board is selling tickets. Tickets will go on sale sometime in the next few weeks. All promotions, event information, and ticket sales will take place via the fair board’s Facebook page.

There will be two ticket options: a show ticket only or a show ticket bundled with fair admission. Show goers must purchase admission to the fair one way or the other. Tickets also will be available for purchase on site the night of the event, but at a higher price than pre-sale tickets. Ticket prices will be announced soon on the fair board’s Facebook page.

The show will take place in the beer garden/infield area on the fairgrounds. In case of rain, the show will take place under cover in the Coughlin Equine Arena.

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