July 09, 2015
Vermont's classic country fairs have been delighting visitors and Vermonters alike for more than 200 years. The state's vibrant season of tractor pulls and maple cotton candy kicks off in mid-July and runs through mid-September, when the final Ferris wheel is disassembled. Whether you're interested in prize winning pumpkins, pig races, demolition derbies, and games and rides -- or you're just stopping by for the funnel cake -- Vermont's fairs and field days hold something for everyone.
"Vermont's fairs and field days are critical to promoting agricultural literacy and providing insight into our unique cultural heritage," Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross, said. "They're also a great source of entertainment and fun for the whole family."
Fairs and field days draw in more than 400,000 visitors every year. "Every fair, like every community, has its own traditions," said Megan Smith, Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. "These festivals are a wonderful way for Vermonters and visitors to enjoy a day in the country and connect with all of the things that make our state special."
Highlights of this year's fairs and field days include:
Lamoille County Field Days, Hyde Park, July 24-26: A classic, community-oriented county fair, Lamoille County Field Days offers a wide range of educational opportunities and family entertainment, including agricultural product competitions, animal pulling contests, arts & crafts, antique tractor pulls, horse shows, classic fair food, rides, games, prizes and more. Don't miss: Arm wrestling competitions, skillet toss.
Addison County Fair & Field Days, New Haven, August 4-8: Touted as Vermont's largest agricultural fair, Addison County Fair & Field Days include cattle and horse judging; oxen, horse, pony, and tractor pulls; a demolition derby; traditional crafts; historical exhibits; live entertainment; youth activities and children's barnyard; and a delicious Vermont products dinner. Don't miss: The Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association sugarhouse, mini donkey show.
Orleans County Fair, Barton, August 19-23: This fair is home to a spectacular historic grandstand from which fair-goers can watch harness racing, tractor pulls, and demolition derbies. The Orleans County Fair also has particularly excellent agricultural literacy programming for children, including animal demonstrations and exhibits, and pony rides. Don't miss: Milking demonstrations in the milking parlor, lawn mower pull.
The Guilford Fair, Guilford, September 6-7: A lovely, laidback county fair that aims to promote Vermont's agricultural traditions in ways that are both educational and entertaining. Enjoy live music, prize-winning produce, homegrown flowers, and an antique car show along with many other classic fair events. Don's miss: Workhorse demonstrations, sheep shearing.
The Tunbridge World's Fair, Tunbridge, September 17-20: Founded in 1867, the Tunbridge World's Fair is one of Vermont's longest-running fairs, which continues to honor its agricultural and historical roots with live-action exhibits demonstrating everything from wool spinning, to blacksmithing. Visitors can also get up close and personal with the best of Vermont's livestock, enjoy the classic fair food and rides on the midway, and take in the free music and entertainment. Don't miss: Daily pig races, Antique Hill Museum.
For more information and a complete list of Vermont's summer fairs and field days, visit the Vermont Fair Association at www.gmfairs.org, or VermontVacation.com
Laura Peterson, Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802.522.7323
Alison Kosakowski, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, Alison.email@example.com, 802-272-4547
Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: July 09, 2015 13:46:37