Champlain Valley Fair gets underway

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The gates are open and the ‘Ten Best Days of Summer’ are officially underway. The Champlain Valley Fair kicked off Friday afternoon with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Then fair goers wasted no time before hitting all the fun.

“60 plus food vendors, 40 plus rides, over 1,000 animals,” said Jeff Bartley, Marketing Director. “There’s really something here for everyone.”

The 20-19 season will feature new food options such as A Single pebble and The Fat Greek. On the grandstand, you can catch performances from artists like Melissa Ethridge, Big and Rich, Pat Benetar, and Jason Derulo.

America’s Got Talent winner and ventriloquist Darci Lynne, will also be on hand.

For nearly 100 years, thousands have made their way to the Champlain Valley Fair. Around 60,000 people attended the first fair in 1923. Today, that number has doubled.

“We average about 120,000 give or take a handful from the grandstand or weather,” Bartley said.

Al’s French Frys has been a staple for decades, they started serving up fries at the fairgrounds back in 1946.

“It’s kind of like Christmas,” said Shane Bissonnette, owner at Al’s. “It comes around once a year and we love it.”

 Whether it’s the rides, games, or agriculture, the Champlain Valley Fair is a Vermont tradition that continues to grow.

“It’s kind of a nice last hoorah as school starts and families start to settle down for the school year,” Bartley said. “We’re really proud to be Vermont’s largest event.”

The fair will be open everyday from 10 am until midnight. It runs August 23rd-September 1st.

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