The 161st Essex County Fair is here!

WESTPORT - It's fair time!

The 161st Essex County Fair kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 12 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 16. Check out the full schedule of events at www.essexcountyfair.org. This expo is presented by the Essex County Agricultural Society, Inc. of Westport - right on route 9N.

There are so many new things to see and do at this year at the fair. Have you seen "Ways of the Woods"? It's a huge display all about our woods. And there is a Zoo, besides the farm animals. Music is every day. Many of your favorites like: Alcatraz, Lucid, Norsemen, and the Fair Idol Contest, and more. Check out the new contest. Bring your bike for the slowest bicycle race, bring mom for the frypan throwing contest and big brother or sister for the rock climbing competition. Dogs are coming for a Dog Agility Demonstration too. They are so smart!

Yummy, the Maple Producers are making ice cream & cotton candy in the brand new sugar shack. There are harness races and horses dancing to music. Get your garden tractor out for the pulling contest and there is truck pulls too. Oxen are welcome to come pull too. Everyone wants to see the Demolition Derby on Sunday.

The carnival rides and shows are included in the gate admission, so ride all day free every day.

Roo will be there for Storytime on Wednesday and Friday too. See the Quad exhibit about Lake Champlain and the farming exhibits all over the grounds. Lots of food and drink like fry dough, homemade sodas, baked goods, pizza, dinners and bacon burgers.

Sponsors have bought bikes to give away every day, so come to the fair. That is the Essex County Fair, Aug. 12 - 16 on Rt. 9N, (exit 31 of Rt 87) in Westport.

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