The 10 best days of summer is just around the corner as the 2018 Champlain Valley Fair, presented by Progressive, prepares to open its gates on August 24. With one-hundred plus exhibits, food concessions, concerts, shows, and agricultural exhibits, the fair remains Vermont’s largest annual gathering attracting over 120,000 people from Vermont, neighboring states and Canada.

The time-honored traditions of the county fairs across New England and the country are thriving at Vermont’s largest annual event. Visitors to the fair also have numerous opportunities to learn how Vermont’s agricultural economy is adapting to new markets and needs from people raising emus, llamas, rabbits, specialty poultry breeds and sheep.

  “We’re excited to kick-off the 10 best days of summer,” stated Tim Shea, executive director of the Champlain Valley Exposition, in a news release.“This event dates back to the early 1900s and is a staple of Vermont’s summer traditions. This year we have more food options, many free music acts, and new shows. Wildlife Wendy and the Human Cannonball to name a few who will be supporting our legacy attractions like the McKenzie Racing Pigs and Mutts Gone Nuts.”

The Champlain Valley Fair will open at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 24 after a ribbon cutting ceremony at the main gate on Pearl Street at 2:45 p.m. Statewide leaders have been invited to attend.