Today, as it was when the fair began in 1948, Addison County is characterized by its excellence in agriculture. This is still the land of milk and honey.
This year’s 63rd annual Addison County Fair & Field Days may have wrapped up two weeks ago, but it was just the latest installment of a tradition of celebrating that way of life, while showcasing the old and the new in an educational way.
With the addition of new events each year, and the continuation of past favorites, the fair continues to grow.
The fair’s traditional carnival rides, good food, 4-H and open class animal shows, plus demo derbies, tractor pulling, live bands, kids activities, special demonstrations, and of course, many exhibits attract thousands each year.
But August’s Field Days are only a small part of the New Haven-based fairgrounds operation. The fairgrounds are open from April through October for corporate and private functions, too. Fair officials believe the ongoing success of the fair is due, in great part, to its partnership with the agricultural community and the efforts of many volunteers, including its board of directors.