Champlain Valley Fair Means Music, Food and ‘Fun Guaranteed’

July 13, 2010  
Filed under Things to do

A new slogan, great free entertainment and a stellar lineup of musical acts – plus a scrumptious array of Fair food – highlight the 2010 edition of the Champlain Valley Fair. This year’s Fair begins on Saturday, Aug. 28 to Monday, Sept. 6 in Essex Junction.

This year’s slogan, “Fun Guaranteed – If We Don’t Put a Smile on Your Face, Your Next Visit’s on Us!” reiterates the Champlain Valley Fair’s commitment to providing a great experience for fairgoers. Champlain Valley Exposition staff will meet with anyone who has encountered an issue that prevents them from having a great time. In consideration of the feedback that is shared by the fairgoer, they will receive a complimentary admission for their next visit. This marks a longstanding belief that the Fair wants to make every visit as enjoyable as possible to those who come through the gates, and will go the extra mile to see that any problems are resolved.

Fantastic midway rides, including two roller coasters, are provided for the 31st year by Reithoffer Shows. The popular ride Speed, which hurls riders more than 60 mph over a 120-foot arc, will be back. A wide variety of fair food, including local treats like corn on the cob, smoked meat and maple cotton candy, will be on hand for hungry visitors. And for shoppers, the air conditioned comfort of the Robert E. Miller Expo Centre will house hundreds of vendors.

Free entertainment, including the U.S. Marine Corps Marching Band, will be featured around the Exposition, as well as acts like The Dazzling Mills Family jugglers, Dock Dogs, Anastasini Family Circus in the Big Top Tent, Draft Horses, Racing Pigs, and much more. Once on the fairgrounds, visitors can expect to be amazed and delighted by the variety and skill of the entertainment on hand.

Competitive exhibits continue to draw entries from all over the northeast, just as they have since the fair began in 1922. Blue ribbons are awarded in dozens of categories, including art, fruits and vegetables, flowers and Bonsai, cattle, horse, pony and oxen pulling, home crafts, fine arts, sheep, poultry and rabbits. In addition, the culinary department offers bakers a chance to show their talents in a range of competitions, including cookies, pies and breads. Chili lovers will also get a chance to shine, as well as youth bakers in the “ugly cake” decorating contest.

The Coca Cola Grandstand will be the site of some of the biggest names in entertainment at the Fair in 2010. On opening night, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band will take to the Comcast Stage to provide a unique musical kickoff for the Fair. Country music fans will have their day – and then some – on Sunday, Aug. 29, as the WOKO Country Club Music Festival offers an incredible lineup of artists over six hours. Headlining the festival is Trace Atkins, who is joined by top acts Aaron Tippin, Gwen Sebastian and Love and Theft during the afternoon. Local favorites Jamie Lee Thurston and Keegan Nolan will also appear. The Bud Light Music Series continues on Labor Day Weekend as teen sensation Justin Bieber will perform on Friday night, Sept. 3. On Saturday, Sept. 4, country superstar Keith Urban will be the headliner, joined by American Idol winner Kris Allen. The series finishes with comedian Bill Cosby on Sunday, Sept. 5. Tickets for all shows are available at the Flynn Box Office. Tickets purchased in advance include free gate admission to the Fair the day of the show. Tickets are available online at or by calling (802) 86-FLYNN (863-5966).

Motor sports take center stage for three days of the fair. On Tuesday, Aug. 31, A Night of Fire & Destruction highlights automotive destruction. Monster Trucks, cars, motorcycles, ATVs, and a 30-foot robot named “Transtormer” combine for a fiery smash-up in the Coca Cola Grandstand. Wednesday, Sept. 1 features the Earth Waste Systems Demolition Derby, and Monday, Sept. 8 is the Dixie Chopper Grand National Tractor & Truck Pull. Tickets for all events (which do NOT include gate admission to the Fair) are available at

The Champlain Valley Fair, presented by Progressive, runs Aug. 28 to Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to midnight. Gate admission is just $10 for adults, $5 children, kids under 5 are free. Convenient on-site parking is just $5 per vehicle. Special deals for group, advance and seniors – buy early and save when you get your tickets before the Fair. Get great discounts when you buy at Price Chopper stores.

The Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction – it’s “Fun Guaranteed.” For more information, visit or call (802) 878-5545.


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