A DOWNHOME TRADITION
Every fair, like every Vermont community, has its own traditions. While each fair has a particular flavor, what you are sure to find is a mix of farm, food and fun. Fairs are a great place to see every breed of chicken imaginable, or to watch kids show their calves while their fathers and uncles compete in ox pulls and draft horse demonstrations.
Come evening, the midway lights up. You might join in an arm-wrestling competition, or grab some popcorn and enjoy a demolition derby or a stage full of rocking musicians.
Attend a concert of a mainstream musician at the Champlain Valley Fair, watch the demolition derby at the Vermont State Fair, or take in the agricultural celebration at the Tunbridge Fair. No matter which one you decide on, you and your family will be entertained while enjoying the traditions fairs are known for throughout the state.
Franklin County Field Days
August 3–6, Highgate
An open dairy show, antique tractor pull, rides and live music are all part of this annual northern Vermont celebration.
Addison County Fair and Field Days
August 8–12, Vergennes
Vermont’s largest agricultural fair; this event features a children’s barnyard, pony and ox pulling, crafts and a tractor pull.
Deerfield Valley Farmers’ Day Fair
August 10–13, Wilmington
Now in its 99th year, fair highlights include a classic car show, a horse show, exhibit halls and family entertainment.
August 11–12, Danville
Entering its 86th year, this fair on the Green offers rides, food, music, a horse and pony pull, and a fireworks show on the closing night.
Vermont State Fair
August 15–19, Rutland
The 171st edition of the annual fair features thrill and kiddie rides, a demolition derby, comedy night and various musical acts.
Orleans County Fair
August 16–20, Barton
“Agriculture at its best for 149 years,” a pig scramble, wood carving shows, a farm hand exhibit and plenty of agricultural products are all part of this traditional fair.
Caledonia County Fair
August 23–27, Lyndonville
Steeped in an agricultural background and entering its 161st year, this fair strives to be enjoyable and educational for its patrons. It also includes ATV racing and tractor pulls.
Champlain Valley Fair
Aug. 25 – Sept. 3, Essex Junction
Billed as “The Ten Best Days of Summer,” this fair at the Champlain Valley Exposition features carnival rides, Vermont products and vendors, farm animals and no shortage of good food.
August 25-27, Winhall
The Bondville Fair bills itself as the oldest continuous fair in Vermont, running annually since 1797. Arts and crafts, a quilt hall, sugarhouse and tractor pulls are all part of the fun.
Tunbridge World’s Fair
September 14–17, Tunbridge
The Tunbridge World’s Fair has run continuously since 1867 except in 1918, due to the great flu epidemic, and during World War II. Top events include harness racing, horse pulling, a swine show and live entertainment.