ESSEX JUNCTION, VT It is fresh lemonade, buttery corn-on-the cob and Italian sausage with the works. It is wild roller coasters, giant sand castles, clucking chickens, excited 4-H kids, neon-colored prizes, first kisses and death-defying aerial acts.
Its the Champlain Valley Fair, presented by Progressive -- and it all comes together at the end of summer on Aug. 25-Sept. 3 for a Go Big experience that earned it a prestigious spot on the 2007 American Bus Associations Top 100 Events in America list.
Vermonts biggest annual agricultural and entertainment tradition brings together people from across Vermont, New England, Quebec and beyond for 10 days of fun. It and a chance to see old and new friends, enjoy great local food, and compete for blue ribbons and bragging rights for the best strawberry jam, handmade quilt or biggest pumpkin in the state.
Go Big describes Champlain Valley Fairs Coca-Cola Grandstand concerts, sponsored by the Budweiser True Music series. Big stars like the Last of Breed Tour with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price on Sept. 2, presented by 98.9 WOKO, and classic rockers Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat, presented by 106.7 WIZN, on Sept. 1 are just part of the Go Big Labor Day weekend concerts. It begins Friday, Aug. 31 with American Country Musics Male Vocalist of the Year, Brad Paisley; one of country musics fastest rising young stars, Taylor Swift; Jack Ingram and American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler on the Bonfires and Amplifiers Tour, presented by Hershey, and sponsored by 98.9 WOKO.
The Fairs concert series opens with country superstars Trace Adkins and special guest Terri Clark on the Dangerous Man Tour on Aug. 25, presented by 98.9 WOKO. Then the Badboys of Rock Tour rolls into town for a Sunday, Aug. 26 show with Hinder, Buckcherry, Papa Roach and Revelations Theory.