9. Peru Fair , Peru, Vermont
The Peru Fair started out as a rummage sale in the town of Peru, Vermont in 1978. Since then, it has seen an incredible expansion with the result that it is now home to an expected number of more than a hundred vendors selling all sorts of arts, crafts, and other items of interest. Better still, it has managed to expand so much while holding onto its small-town charm, meaning that participants can expect not just music and dancing but also mouth-watering food such as roast pig when they show up on September 24. Best of all, proceeds from the fair are donated to the Peru Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships for local kids heading off for post secondary education.
The cost to attend is $2.00
Fair Date: September 24, 2016
8. Grabill Country Fair, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Grabill’s Chamber of Commerce started the Grabill Country Fair in 1973 for the sake of stimulating the local economy. It is interesting to note that the town is nestled in the heart of Amish country, meaning that there is a distinct, old-time feel to the entire event. As a result, people who show up at the grounds, which are situated no more than ten minutes from Fort Wayne, between September 8 and 10 can expect not just arts and crafts to go along with their fun and excitement but also an excellent chance to see how Americans used to live as well as how some Americans still choose to live. In particular, they should keep an eye out for activities such as horseshoeing, wheel-spinning, and even making dolls out of corn-husks.
Fair Date: September 8-10, 2016
7. Topsfield Fair, Topsfield, Massachusetts
The Topsfield Fair began around two centuries ago when local farmers came together to promote their common interests by hosting exhibitions and other events of interest. The Topsfield Fair still serves that particular purpose, but it is important to note that it has incorporated new activities and attractions as well with examples ranging from rides to monster truck derbies. In addition to juried agricultural exhibits, attendees will find wonderful examples of hand crafts and livestock. Fair organizers have added a 5K walk/run, concessions and shows and even a visit from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Go Mounties!
The cost to attend is $9.00 – $15.00
Fair Dates: September 30 – October 10, 2016
6. Fort Bend County Fair, Rosenberg, Texas
For people with a fondness for some heated competition, there are few choices that can match the Fort Bend County Fair, which features a rather famous rodeo in addition to the usual agricultural and artisanal activities and attractions that can be found at country fairs. The Fort Bend County Fair continues to be one of the most popular fairs in the state of Texas. So if you are aching for some competitive fun, head for Rosenburg. Try to get there in time for the parade!
The cost to attend is $12.00 online, $15.00 at the gate
Fair Dates: September 23 – October 2, 2016