Fair Celebrates ‘Ten Best Days of Summer’

August 9, 2013  
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One of the most anticipated aspects of the fair is the food. The aromas of the various edibles wafting through the air as you walk around the fairground is as much a part of the day as the rides, entertainment or animals. (Courtesy photo)

The Champlain Valley Fair will be held Aug. 24-Sept. 2 — an annual tradition that earned the Fair a spot among “Vermont’s ten best events.”

Vermont’s largest annual agricultural and entertainment tradition brings together people from across Vermont, New England, Quebec and beyond.

This year’s concerts

Aug. 24: Kesha with special guest Semi Precious Weapons, 7 p.m.

Aug. 25: Josh Turner with special guest Justin Moore, 7 p.m.

Aug. 26: Austin Mahone, 7 p.m.

Aug. 30: Allied Forces – Local Legends Quadra and PleasureDome, 7 p.m.

Aug. 31: Damian and Stephen Marley, 5 p.m.

Sept. 1: Toby Keith with special guest Kip Moore, 7 p.m.

Advance tickets 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.

For motor sports fans

The Burnett Scrap Metal Championship Figure 8 race will be held on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. Also on Aug. 27, fans can enjoy the Bond Auto Parts Demolition Derby.  New this year, special guest Jamie Lee Thurston will perform before the show and between the preliminary bouts and the finals. Also new this year, the Dixie Chopper Tractor Pull has been moved to Thursday night, Aug. 29.  The pull will be bringing competitors from around the region to compete. 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.

Senior Day

This year, Senior Day at the Fair is Tuesday, Aug. 27, and those age 55 and older save $3 off admission with ID.  “It’s a great day for grandparents to bring their family to the fair and celebrate the last day before school starts,” Executive Director Tim Shea said. In addition, food vendors will offer $3 specials at their stands midweek.

“The Reithoffer Midway returns with a new ride, Vertigo, a high flying thrill ride. They are again offering their pay-one-price ride bracelets every day. The ride bracelet can be used to ride all of the rides, except Speed, 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. 23 and Fair guests can save up to 25 percent by purchasing them in advance.

Other admission specials

Monday, Aug. 25, Kids’ Day admission, kids age 5-12 get in for $4.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, McDonald’s Carload Special Day. Everyone in a car is admitted to the Fair and receives free parking and a ride bracelet for the day. $60 per carload.

Thursday, Aug. 28, Food Bank Day, free admission from 10 a.m. to 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.

Friday, Aug. 29, Military Appreciation Day, free admission for past and present members of our military with a valid military ID.

Agricultural Tradition

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 country 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. The schedule of competitions is available online at www.champlainvalleyfair.org.

Educational aspects are stressed during best of breed judging competitions and 4-H contests. Try your hand at milking a cow, see pulling horses and oxen, visit Old MacDonald’s Farm and see 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.

Free Entertainment

Free entertainment will include hypnotist Steve Bayner, strolling Dixieland musicians and many others.

New displays this year include a history building featuring exhibits from the University of Vermont, Historian Howard Coffin, the town of Essex and the Fair itself. There will also be Vermont musicians performing on stage several times a day.

This year there will be 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, call Michael or Roberta Penchina at 862-0686 or email camping@cvexpo.org.

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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