Vermont's Agricultural Fairs, Fields Day and Festivals
Fair season serves as an annual reminder of Vermont's long and proud agricultural history. With fewer people directly involved with their own food production,Vermont's agricultural fairs provide a critical link between our farm heritage and the food on our tables.
What many don't know is that Vermont's dairy industry generates over $1 billion annually. Vermont dairy farmers account for 58% of all the milk produced in New England. Vermont dairy farmers produce more milk per capita than any other state in the United States, except Idaho. Vermont cheeses have won "Best of Show" and dozens of other awards at the world's most prestigious competi-tions. If Vermonters bought 10% more of their food from local producers, that would add another half a billion dollars annually to the state's economy.
Vermont's dairy farmers help preserve the working landscape and give Vermont an international reputation for scenic vistas and rural splendor. Vermont's dairy farmers employ thousands of Vermonters and are sme of the state's most successful and innovative small businesses. Vermont dairy farmers have helped carry the proud tradition of high quality agricultural products throughout the world.
Listed below are 18 Fairs and Festivals that are held throughout the year.
1. Vermont Maple Festival - April
St. Albans. Tap into the 47th Annual Official Vermont Maple Festival! Visitors will find the fin in downtown St. Albans - maple treats, maple learning, and all things maple at the end of Maple Time in Vermont.
Much of the event is without,cost, and handicapped accessible. Attractions for guests are the Exhibit Hall, Main Street Entertainment Stage, Crafts, Specialty Foods, Youth Talent,
Antique, and Fiddlers' Variety Shows, Carnival, Sugar House Tours, Pancake Breakfasts, a Sap Run Road Race, Cooking Demonstrations, Contests, Face Painting, Giant Parade, Maple
Creemees, Maple Sugar-on-Snow, Maple Cotton Candy, and much more.
For more information visit www.vermontmaplefestival.org
2. Vermont Flower Show March Burlington
Champlain Valley Exposition. The hours: Friday 10— 6, Saturday 10— 6, Sunday 10-4.
For more information visit www.greenworksvermont.org or call 888-518-6484.
3. Vermont Dairy Festival May
Enosburgh Falls Crafts, hqrse puthng, stage shows, two-hour parade on Saturday, continuous entertaiiment 'Friday night, Saturday following the parade and Sunday.
Sponsored by the Enosburg Falls Lions Club.
For more information Contact: Robert Mays (802) 933-5921, P.O. Box 34, Sheldon, VT 05483 or visit www.vermontdairyfestival.com
4. Windsor County Agriculture Fair - July
Barlow's Field on Eureka Road, Springfield. Horse Show, ATV Events, Pony and Ox pulling, Draft Horse competition, Llama and Alpaca show, 4-H Dairy and Steer show, Antique Tractor display, Kid's Pedal Tractor Pulli g, Baking contest, Live entertainment, exhibits and demonstrations, New and Improved' Midway rides.
For more informatin Contact: Eric Johnson (802) 952-4005.
P0 Box 173, Reading, VT 05062
5. Connecticut Valley Fair/Bradford Fair - July
66 Carson Lane, Bradford. CVF presents the Bradford Fair. New midway by Dreamland. Larger midway featuring "Pay one ride price" This means for the price of admission you can ride all day at no added cost! Events include concerts, mini, pony, horse and oxen pulls, oxen competition, draft horse competition, horse shows, truck and tractor pulls, demo derby, The Vermonster with "Truk-Norris"and Mega Trucks, log loader competition, lots of new and great food venders, and commercial exhibit.
For more informatin call (802) 222-4053 or visit www.bradfordfair.org
6. Lamoille County Field Days - July
Celebrating their 52" year! Three full days of fun with arts & crafts, produce, agricultural and 4-H exhibits, lumberjack roundup, draft horse show, gymkhana for adults and children, talent show,bingo, oxen, horse, pony, and mini horse pulls, midway, live entertainment, antique tractor pull, street stock truck pull, lawn and garden tractor pull, tractorodeo, maple center, animal larn and children's activities. All for one $10 admission price. No charge for parking.
For more information Contact: Ann Mullings, P0. Box 357, Hyde Park, VT 05655or call (802) 635-6684 or visit www.lamoillefielddays.com
7. Franklin County Field Days - August
Airport Road, Highgate. Agriu1tura1 and 4-H displays, cattle shows, horse & oxen pulls, crafts, music, live entertainment. Demo Derby, largest truck pull in northern Vermont, ATV obstacle course, garden tractor pull, pedal tractor pull, midway rides, farm tractor pull, antique tractor pull and new midway rides from Dreamland Amusement. Camping available.
For more information Contact: Fernand Gagne - Director 4956 US Route 7,
Swanton, VT 05488. (802) 238-4904, or visit
8. Addison County Fair & Field Days - August
Rte. 17, New Haven. Vermont's largest agricultural fair! Cattle, horse, miniature donkey and sheep shows; tractor pulls, ox, pony and horse pulling; extensive antique exhibit, children's barnyard, live entertainment, parade, demo derbies, midway, free youth activities, arm wrestling and Vermont products dinner and much more!
For more information Contact: Cara Mullin P.O. Box 745, Middlebury, VT 05753, (802) 545-2557, or visit www.addisoncountyfielddays.com
9. Orleans County Fair - August
278 Roaring Brook Road Barton, VT. Celebrating 146 years as the Northeast's Favorite Old-Time Agricultural Fair! Home of the Guinness World Record Cadillac Parade! Pay-One-Price admission includes all Dreamland Rides free all the time and the finest grounds entertainment, from all over the U.S.! Full Midway with rides & games for all ages; enjoy your favorite fair food and homemade meals by the finest vendors on the circuit; Horse, Pony & Ox pulling; live milking demonstrations; Taste freshy made curd cheese from our Dairy on the Moove cheese processing trailer; Experience the magic of our "Little Farm Hands" interactive exhibit; 4-H exhibits & contests; Sheep, Llama, Rabbit & Poultry exhibits & contests; Adult & Youth Arts & Crafts; Baking & Produce competitions; Antique exhibits; Exhibit hall filled with Displays & Vendors; Live Music; Harness Horse Racing; Horse Shows & Gynkhana; Demo Derby; Coin & Pig Scrambles; Petting Zoo; Tractor Pulls; 4x4 Truck Pull; Industrial Lane; Beer Tent; Sugarhouse, Bingo, National Guard display and more!
For more information contact Harvey Cleveland, P.O. BO 580 Barton, VT 05822 802-525-3555
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.orleanscountyfair.net
10. Deerfield Valley Farmers' Day Exhibition -
Baker Field, Wilmington. Opening at 4.30pm on Thurs. Fri. & Sat. at &00 am; Sun. at 9:00 am. Celebrating its 96th year with full midway and rides, truck pull & horse pull, demolition derby, children's lawnmower pull, draft fir and demonstrations, farm exhibits, horse show, children's activities, exhibit halls, sawing competition, pie eating contest, livestock compe-tition, Bingo and much more.
For more information contact: Ann Brown, President P0 Box 577, Wilmington, VT 05363, (802)319-0117 or visit www.dvfair.com email@example.com
11. Caledonia County Fair -
Mountain View Park, Lyndonville
Celebrating 168 years of tradition with agriculture, floral, maple, poultry, rabbit and 4-H exhibits; horse, pony and oxpulling; cattle, sheep and horse shows. Family entertainment includes music, Demo Derby, 4 x 4 pull, children's barnyard, infield acts, antique tractor pull. Pay-one-price admission includes rides and entertainment.
For more informatio contact Richard Lawrence, P.O. Box 343, Lyndonville, VT 05851
(802) 626-5917 Fax: (802) 626-8081 or visit www.vtfa4r.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
12. Bondville Fair -
Rte. 30, Bondville. 10 am to 10pm. Pay-one-price admission, free rides and entertainment. Agricultural displays and contest; quilt show and exhibit; crafts, rides & games, live free entertainment, bingo, horse, ox, antique tractor, garden tractor, ATV and truck pulling, petting zoo, school house, sugar hoe and covered bridge museut.
For more information contact: Lori Polushemus
(802) 297-9810 or Fair Office at
(802) 297-2927 after August 1, or visit wwwbondvillefair.com.
13. Champlain Valley Fair -
August & September
Champlain Valley Exposition, Rte.15, EssexJct. Open 10 am to micrnight daily. Whatever your age, you'll have the time of your life at Vermont's largest Fair! Ten days of free entertainment, agricultural xhibits & competitions, fair food, shopping, and much more. The biggest names in music and comedy are presented in the (Coca-Co1a Grandstand, including Toby Keith. Great motor sports are included, plus the Reithoffer Midway features more than 40 thrill rides. The agriculture area features cattle & sheep shows, horse and oxen pulling, 4-H and Vermont state horse shows, poultry, garden center.
For more information contact: email@example.com, (802) 878-5545, or visit www.champlainvalleyfair.org
14. Vermont State Fair -
August & September
Route 7, Rutland.
Taste the Fun at the 2013 Vermont State Fair! We offer ten days of family entertainment for the entire family. Be sure to check out the agricultural exhibits that include horse and cattle shows, farm museums, horse and ox pulls, ox and goat shows, 4H building, dairy center, maple house and so much more. The midway is provided by Coleman Bros. Shows with over 35 rides, games and food. You don't want to miss the Vermont State Fair.
For more information contact: Richard Rivers, General Manager, Vermont State Fair
(802) 775-5200 Fax: (802) 775-9560, or visit www.vermontstatefair.net email: firstname.lastname@example.org
15. Guilford Fair - September
Weatherhead Hollow Road, Guilford.
Horse show, horse pulling, draft horse demonstrations,
cattle show, live music, crafts, carnival, vendors, demonstrations, children's events, chainsaw and crosscut saw, children and adult exhibits, Fireman's muster, Circus Arts, dog agility and chicken barbecue.
For more information contact: David Franklin,
or visit www.guildfordfairvt.com
16. Tunbridge World's Fair - September
Tunbridge. "Top Ten Fall" Event
142nd annual agricultural fair dedicated to family farm
traditions and trends, with livestock shows, Antique Hill Museum, midway and ntertainment. Located in beautiful farming valley.
For more information contact: Tunbridge World's Fair (800) 889-5555 Fax: (802) 889-3236 email: email@example.com or visit www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com
17. The Vermont Sheep& Wool Festival - September
Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge. A special two-day event for sheep enthusiasts, and everyone interested in learning more about the wonders of sheep and the many products they produce. Displays of sheep breeds and fiber animals (llamas, alpaca, angora, goats and rabbits); sheep dog, shearing and spinning demonstrations; yarns, knitting supplies, beautiful wool and fiber products for sale; workshops on sheep, fiber and farm development skills; music, food & much more.
For more information contact: Barbara Tonnissen 3 Hancock Brook Rd, Worcester, VT 05682 (802) 223-2456,firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.vermontsheep.org
18. 2014 Vermont Farm Show - January
Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction. Vermont's Premier Winter Show! Commercial and agricultural exhibits including farm machinery! Annual meetings of several Vermont commodity groups! New and improved farm product contest. Consumer Night - if you aren't a farmer, come and see what we do!
For more information contact Jackie Folsom 2603 U.S. Route 2 Cabot VT 05647, 802-426-3579,
Email: email@example.com, or visit www.vermontfarmshow.com