Champlain Valley Fair 2014 Offers New Schedule, Extra Discounts

August 6, 2014  
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August 2014

The Champlain Valley Fair is Vermont’s largest agricultural and entertainment event with a tremendous variety of things to do and see throughout its 10 day run. (Contributed photo)

The Champlain Valley Fair is Vermont’s largest agricultural and entertainment event with a tremendous variety of things to do and see throughout its 10 day run. (Contributed photo)

 

The 2014 Champlain Valley Fair is starting on a new opening day this year – opening Friday instead of Saturday. The Fair will open Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. with half price admission and ride bracelets all day and close on Sunday, Aug. 31 at midnight. It will not be open on Labor Day Monday as it has in the past. Executive Director Tim Shea said, “We really believe this will give families a better chance to attend the Fair before the hustle and bustle of school starts.”
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 great 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 summer’s biggest concerts include gate admission the day of the show and may be purchased through the Flynntix Regional Box Office, (802) 863-5966 or online at www.flynntix.org.

The Bud Light Music Series concerts, all at 7 p.m., include:

  • Aug. 22: Dierks Bentley with special guest Eric Pasley
  • Aug. 23: The Goo Goo Dolls with special guest Daughtry
  • Aug. 30: Jeff Dunham
  • Aug. 31: Hunter Hayes with special guest Love and Theft

The Fair hasn’t forgotten the thrill-seeking motor sports fans, bringing back the Burnett Scrap Metal Championship Figure 8 race on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. and the Bond Auto Parts Demolition Derby, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. This year, special guest Keeghan Nolan will be performing before the show and between the preliminary bouts and the finals.
The Dixie Chopper Tractor Pull will be Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. — a partnership with the Vermont Tractor Pullers Association — bringing competitors from around the region to compete on the best track in the area. Coming back this year will be the U.S. National Freestyle Motocross Championship on Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. These daredevils will take your breath away as they soar through the air doing acrobatic tricks. Tickets for all motor sports are available at www.flynntix.org or by phone, 802-86FLYNN. Admission to the Fair is not included with motor sports advance tickets.

New this year is a partnership with Extreme Combat, bringing the region’s best Mixed Martial Arts Fighters for an evening of bouts on Aug. 29. Advance tickets are available at www.flynntix.org or by phone, 802-86FLYNN and include admission to the Fair.

Special discounts
Also new in the Coca-Cola Grandstand this year will be the Wuderlee Circus Extravaganza on Kids Day, Aug. 25. The circus features performers from several other circuses including Circus Smirkus and Cirque du Soleil. It is a free show with a voluntary donation to the Fair’s Read and Win program at the gate.
Executive Director Tim Shea said, “We’ve worked extra hard this year to make sure the Fair is affordable for families, whether it’s a day visiting the exhibits and animals or an evening at one of our big events in the Coca-Cola Grandstand.”
Senior Day at the Fair is Aug. 26 — those 55 and older can save $3 off the admission with their ID. “It’s a great day for grandparents to bring their family to the fair and celebrate the last day before school starts,” Shea said. In addition, food vendors will be offering $3 specials at their stands midweek.
The Reithoffer Midway returns with all of its rides, as well as an updated kiddie area. The Midway offers pay-one-price ride bracelets every day. The ride bracelet can be used to ride all of the rides, from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. “The bracelets are a great way for families to be able to spend the whole day on rides while staying within a limited budget,” Shea said.
Another way to save is advance discount admission and pay-on-price ride tickets available at all Price Chopper grocery stores in Vermont, New Hampshire and upstate New York. Tickets will be available Aug. 5 through Aug. 21 and Fair guests can save up to 25 percent by purchasing in advance.

Other Fair admission specials include:

  • Monday, Aug. 25, Kids’ Day admission, kids age 5-12 get in for $4. Read and Win participants get in free with their ribbon from area libraries.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 27, McDonald’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 (legal load limit – everyone must have a seat belt).
  • Thursday, Aug. 28, Food Bank Day, free admission from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for each guest who brings a can of food for the Food Bank. After 2 p.m., a guest who brings a can of food is entitled to a $3 discount on admission. If a guest brings a second can, they are entitled to purchase a discounted ride bracelet for only $20 all day.
  • Friday, Aug. 29, Military Appreciation Day, free admission for past and present members of the U.S. military with a valid Military ID.
  • Honoring agricultural traditions

Champlain Valley Fair has been named a top agricultural fair in America by the International Association of Fairs and Exposition. The time-honored traditions of the country fairs across New England and the U.S.  are thriving at Vermont’s largest annual event as farmers bring their traditional livestock for judging. Visitors also have numerous opportunities to learn how Vermont’s agricultural economy is adapting to new markets and needs from people raising emus, llamas, rabbits, specialty poultry breeds and sheep.
The schedule of competitions is available online at www.champlainvalleyfair.org. The 2014 Fair Exhibitor’s Handbook, with details on how to enter the competitions, is also available online with entry forms.
Educational aspects are stressed during best of breed judging competitions and 4-H contests. You can try your hand at milking a cow, see pulling horses and oxen in action in the ring, visit Old MacDonald’s Farm and see first-hand how genetics is used in growing giant pumpkins, vegetables and unusual flowers.
Heritage Village near the agricultural barns highlights traditional farm machinery. Displays for 4-H clubs from the region will be in the Expo North Building, along with the Giant Sand Castle.

Free entertainment

One of the biggest values associated with a visit to the Fair is the free entertainment that’s provided. “Every day, dozens of shows are on stage or strolling through the grounds,” Shea said.
Favorites including hypnotist Steve Bayner, the strolling Dixieland musicians and other shows will be back. New displays include a photographic exhibit from the Vermont Historical Society featuring some of the first organic farmers from Vermont.
This year will also feature more than 200 exhibitors offering deals on everything from hot tubs to tractors to t-shirts.
On-site camping for RVs and tents is available at the Exposition during the Fair. For info, email camping@cvexpo.org. The Exposition also offersWi-Fi internet connection service throughout the grounds and buildings.

For a complete daily schedule, information on concerts and free entertainment or to sign up for a free e-newsletter, visit Champlain Valley Fair’s website at www.champlainvalleyfair.org

 

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