New and Old Favorites at This Year’s Champlain Valley Fair

August 2, 2015  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment


It is fresh-squeezed lemonade, buttery corn-on-the-cob and Italian sausage with onions and peppers. It is the 50-ton sand castle, Bacon on a stick, regional history, excited 4-H kids, neon-colored stuffed animals, first kisses on the Ferris wheel and the best people-watching of the summer.
The 2015 Champlain Valley Fair celebrates its opening day Friday, Aug. 28 with half price admission and ride bracelets all day.
Vermont’s largest annual agricultural and entertainment tradition brings together people from across Vermont, New England, Quebec and beyond. It is the place to see old and new friends, enjoy local food and compete for satin blue ribbons and bragging rights for the best chili, handmade quilt or heaviest pumpkin in Vermont.
The “Ten Best Days of Summer” also describes the Fair’s Coca-Cola Grandstand entertainment, both the Bud Light Music series and the other shows coming to the grandstand. Advance tickets to the grandstand concerts include gate admission the day of the show.
Concerts include:
Aug. 28: Jake Owen with special guest The Cadillac Three, 7 p.m.
Sept. 1: Hotel California – a nationally known Eagles tribute band in a free show with Fair gate admission, 7 p.m.
Sept. 4: Meghan Trainor, 7 p.m.
Sept. 5: The Happy Together Tour with The Turtles, The Association, Mark Lindsey, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams and the Cowsills, 7 p.m.
Sept. 6: Little Big Town with special guest David Nail, 7 p.m.Dave Fair shots and Aerial 2009 960
For thrill-seeking motor sports fans, the Fair is bringing back the Burnett Scrap Metal Championship Figure 8 race on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. and the Demolition Derby on Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. This year, special guest Waylon Speed will be performing before the show and between the preliminary bouts and the finals.
New this year is the Night of Fire and Destruction on Aug. 30 at 6 p.m., featuring monster truck madness in a fun-filled show. Also new this year is the Cycle Circus Live on Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. World class athletes will soar through the air doing acrobatic tricks combined with music and pyrotechnics. Admission to the Fair is not included with motor sports advance tickets.
Also new in the Coca-Cola Grandstand is the Wuderlee Circus Extravaganza on Aug.31. The circus features performers from several other circuses including Circus Smirkus and Cirque de Soleil. It is a free show with a voluntary donation to the Fair’s Read and Win program at the gate.
Senior Day at the Fair is Sept. 1 – those age 55 and older can save $3 off admission with ID. In addition, there will be food vendors offering $3 specials midweek.
The Midway features a new ride company, Strates Shows from Orlando, Florida. They have been a touDSC_0123ring midway company for more than 100 years and offer new rides along with the more traditional and spectacular rides. One ride of note is the double decker carousel — the only one in the United States. Pay-one-price ride bracelets will be offered every day.
Another way to save is advance discount admission and pay-one-price ride tickets available at all Price Chopper grocery stores in Vermont, New Hampshire and upstate New York. Tickets will be available through Aug. 21 and Fair guests can save up to 25 percent by purchasing in advance.
Other admission specials include:
Aug. 31, Kids’ Day admission: Kids age 5-12 get in for $4. Read and Win participants get in free with their ribbon from area libraries.
Sept. 2, Maplefield’s Carload Special Day: Everyone in the car is admitted to the Fair and receives free parking and a ride bracelet for the day. $60 per carload with a coupon from Maplefields (legal load limit – everyone must have a seat belt)
Sept. 3, Food Bank Day: free admission from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for each guest who brings two non-perishable food items for the Vermont Food Bank. And if a guest brings two additional items, they save $10 on a  ride bracelet.
Sept. 4, Military Appreciation Day: free admission for past and present members of our military with a valid Military ID.
Free entertainment this year includes hypnotist Steve Bayner, a giant sand sculpture, strolling Dixieland musicians and more.
On-site camping for RVs and tents is available at the Exposition during the Fair. For info, email The Exposition also offers Wi-Fi internet connection service throughout the grounds and buildings.
Concert and motorsports tickets can be purchased through the Flynntix Regional Box Office, (802) 863-5966 or online at
For a complete daily schedule and more information, visit


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