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Fall is Here: Visit America’s Top Ten Country Fairs

Fall is Here: Visit America’s Top Ten Country Fairs
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5. Galena Country Fair, Galena Illinois

The Galena Country Fair is a fall tradition for many midwestern families.  On the surface, the Fair highlights handmade crafts, fine arts, and local produce, but the real focus is having fun!  Activities abound for children and adults alike.  Attendees can have their faces painted while listening to a string band or watching Irish dancers.

Naturally, food, beverages, and other local edibles will be available to be enjoyed in beautiful  Grant Park, overlooking historic Galena.

The cost to attend is a $2.00 donation at the gate

Fair Dates: October 8-9, 2016


4. Bloomsburg Fair, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

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In 2016, the people of Bloomsburg will be holding the 161st Bloomsburg Fair, which will serve to showcase their talents while also providing the people of the entire region with an excellent excuse to celebrate. Interested individuals should expect vendors selling food, beverages, arts and crafts, and more besides. Furthermore, fair goers should expect exhibitions covering interests that range from rearing animals to watching cars smash into each other under semi-controlled conditions.

The cost to attend is $7.00 per person.

Fair dates: September 23-October 1, 2016


3. Sandwich Fair, Sandwich, Illinois

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The 130th The Sandwich Fair will be celebrating its 130th birthday in 2017! Given the sheer length of its existence, it should come as no surprise to learn that it is the oldest-running event of its kind found in the state of Illinois. This explains the old-fashioned charm that has been combined with activities and attractions right out of a modern amusement park. Plan to spend time at the tractor pull and demolition derby.  Visitors might also want to admire the livestock, local produce and fabulous handcrafts.

The cost to attend is $9.00 but special discounts may be available.

Fair dates: September 6 -10, 2017


2. Deerfield Fair, Deerfield, New Hampshire

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Deerfield Fair claims to be the oldest family fair in the whole of New England, which could be true considering the fact that it has been in existence for 140 years. The Fair is famous for its world class “hoss pullin’” and fabulous, juried arts and crafts display.  Visitors will want to be sure to stop by the “Made in New Hampshire” area for local crafts and produce.  The smells of food cooking will make mouths water and stomachs rumble as attendees walk among the exhibits and vendors.

The cost to attend is $10.00, but age related discounts are available.

Fair dates: September 29 – October 2, 2016


1. The Big E, West Springfield, Massachusetts

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America Unraveled has chosen the Big E as the number one country fair for 2016.  If you can only attend one fair this year, make it the Big E. The Big E lives up to its name by being the single largest agricultural event on the whole of the eastern seaboard as well as the fifth largest fair in the whole of the United States. The sheer size allows for a wide variety of exhibits and vendors. The attractions are numerous and extremely interesting. For example, the Avenue of States contain replicas of the six state houses in New England, which in turn, contain exhibits and vendors that do their best to showcase not just the food but also the heritage of each of those states. Vendors at the fair can be found selling both products and services, including but not limited to appliances and home improvement services in addition to the usual selection of items.

The cost to attend is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children.

Fair dates: September 16-October 2, 2016.


Don’t Miss a Fair This Fall!

People who are interested in paying a visit to a country fair but unable to make it to one of the ten examples that have been listed here should check with their local communities to see whether any of them are planning on hosting a fair this fall.  After all, fairs are popular with both big and small communities situated throughout the United States. Everyone should be able to find a fair that interests them!


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Alan Lee Travel expert, writer for America Unraveled.

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