Vermont's state and county fair season is under way. Topping the list is, of course, Rutland's very own award-winning Vermont State Fair which will be held Sept. 3-12, 2010.
The state fair held in Rutland began on Sept. 24, 1846. Agricultural events then-and now-included horse and cattle shows and exhibits, farm museums, horse, pony and ox pulling contests, ox shows, sheep and goat shows, horse shows, 4H building events, a sugar house and dairy center, forestry activities, fish and game programs, and a pet and poultry building.
The Vermont State Fair includes many free shows for attendees to enjoy.
Internationally recognized entertainers will provide the fair's midway shows this year. For more details and program times, see www.vermontstatefair.net.
There are other Vermont fairs remaining in the fair season:
•Deerfield Valley Farmer's Day Exhibition in Wilmington. Celebrating its 92nd year with full midway with rides, truck and horse pulls, ox pulls, farm exhibits, horse show, children's activities, exhibit halls, sawing competition, pie eating contest, livestock competition. Demo Derby and midway.
•Caledonia County Fair in Lyndonville. Celebrating 165 years of tradition with agriculture, floral, maple, poultry, rabbit and 4-H exhibits.
•Bondville Fair in Bondville. Agricultural displays and contest; quilt show and exhibit; crafts; rides and games; live free entertainment; bingo; horse, ox, antique tractor, garden tractor, ATV and truck pulling.
•Champlain Valley Fair at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. Named a Top 100 American Bus Association Event in 2008 and the Top Agricultural Fair by the International Association of Fairs and Expos in 2006.
Tunbridge World's Fair in Tunbridge. Old-fashioned agricultural fair in rural setting.
•The Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival in Essex Junction. A special two-day event for animal and wool enthusiasts.
•South Hero Applefest and Craft Show in South Herois Vermont's largest apple festival.