Champlain fair, national flare
Crowd drawn from 40 states
Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 22:08
The Champlain Valley Fair is “the 10 best days of summer” according to their website.
Located at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, the fair began Aug. 25 and will be going on until Sept. 3.
The fair is open from 10 a.m. to midnight every day. In addition to over 40 rides, hundreds of animals and tons of crafts, food and concerts, the fair also boasts the largest art show in Vermont.
Hundreds of works by local artists are exhibited and competitions are held in a variety of mediums, including photography, painting and drawing.
The fair also features a hypnotist, culinary competitions, motor sports, a garden center, cattle shows and pig racing.
Director of marketing Chris Ashby said that the Champlain Valley Fair is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. What started as a small agricultural fair has grown into one of the largest fairs in the Northeast.
Ashby said that the fair has added a historical exhibit this year, showcasing the fair’s past through artifacts and photographs.
While people from Vermont, upstate New York and southern Quebec make up the bulk of the crowd, Ashby said that the Champlain Valley Fair attracts people from all over the United States.
“We watch the license plates in the parking lot and have counted as many as 35 to 40 plates some years,” Ashby said.
The musical acts that took the grand stage at this year’s fair included Train, The J. Geils Band, Demi Lovato and The Band Perry.
UVM students will have the chance to check out the final days of the festival and attend Jason Aldean Sept. 1 and Zac Brown Band Sept. 2.
You can purchase tickets in advance at flynntix.org and receive free admission to the fair.
“We do bring in some kids from UVM, but we would love to see that audience grow,” Ashby said.