ESSEX JUNCTION — Cotton candy, ice cream, big top tents, the ferris wheel and more are returning this summer, because the Champlain Valley Fair is a go.
Vermont’s largest annual event will return August 27 and will run through September 5 at the Champlain Valley Exposition.
"The Champlain Valley Fair will look just like you have grown to love," Jeff Bartley, sales and marketing manager, stated in a press release.
The fair will include a vibrant garden center, many animal exhibits, hard and soft good vendors, dozens of rides on the midway, entertainment, motorsports in the grandstand, and fair food favorites.
Though the 2021 NorthCountry Federal Credit Union Grandstand will look a little different this year, four motorsports shows — Monster Trucks, Demolition Derby, Figure-8 Racing and a free-style motocross show — will still take place. Instead of large-scale concerts, the Fair will book tribute bands for evening shows, which will be free to the fairgoer.
“The safety of our fairgoers, volunteers, and staff is paramount," Bartley stated. "All state, federal and CDC guidelines will be followed."
However, thanks to Gov. Phil Scott, Health Commissioner Mark Levine and the overwhelming number of Vermonters who will be vaccinated, the Fair will be operate with no restrictions. Come mid-summer, masks and social distancing will most likely not be required.
“The Champlain Valley Exposition is proud of the role we’ve played in response to the COVID-19 pandemic," Bartley stated.
Since March of 2020, the Expo has hosted COVID testing and been a surge hospital, a site for high school graduations and a food distribution point.
By the end of June, nearly 100,000 doses of the vaccine will have been administered at the Expo.
Tickets to the Champlain Valley Fair will go on-sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 18 at www.ChamplainValleyFair.org.