The Vermont State Fair runs for five fun-filled days with abundant entertainment, food and more. Having started in 1846, the fair is one of the oldest in the entire United States and has a tradition of putting smiles on people's faces. Its very first location was in a field near the town of Castleton, and over the years, its home changed practically yearly to different parts of Rutland County. During this time, its popularity grew thanks to the efforts of the Rutland Railroad, which saw this company transporting people from other parts of Vermont and Western New York to the fair. Then, in 1856, the fair found a permanent home: Rutland. Today, the Vermont State Fair is a big draw for the people of Vermont and neighboring states.
Keeping with tradition, the Vermont State Fair will have the events, attractions, and food you'd expect to see at a state fair. Some of the top attractions include:
Rosaire's Royal Racing Pigs - This event is bound to be a hit for fairgoers. Up to three different breeds of pigs race each other around a track that's 180 feet long. Spectators can choose to back a pig and earn prizes if their choice wins. The company is a family-owned operation and has been in business since 1991. The owners have a high standard of care when it comes to their animals; they provide their "athletes" with air conditioning, fans, heaters, misting systems and anything they need to feel comfortable.
Eudora Farms Petting Zoo - This participatory zoo is a popular attraction that makes appearances at many events around the southeastern United States in addition to the Vermont State Fair. Visitors can expect to see over 20 different wild and beautiful creatures and interact with them. Some of the animals to be featured this year include a wallaby, a Scottish Highland cow, a camel, a fennec fox, and a potbellied pig.
Pond Hill Rodeo - This is an event sanctioned by the American Professional Rodeo Association and is hours of good riding fun. Fans will be treated to fun rodeo events such as bareback bronc riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding. The event will also have female barrel racing, breakaway roping, and bull riding. All of the animals involved in the rodeo are treated in an ethical manner and have even won awards as some of the top livestock shows east of the Mississippi.
Also at the fair, you'll find lots of vendors selling plenty of food and wares of all types. Some of the popular food items include fried dough with an abundant selection of different toppings and all manner of different sandwiches, pizzas, hot dogs, burgers, funnel cakes and candy apples, just to name some of the choices.
If you're hoping for rides at the Vermont State Fair, there are quite a few carnival classics at the event. You can expect carousels, Ferris wheels, swings, and even a hammer.
As always, the Vermont State Fair will be held in the town of Rutland in Rutland County, Vermont. The official address for the venue is 175 South Main Street, Rutland, VT.
Attending the Vermont State Fair in an RV is a good idea, especially if you plan on spending more than one day enjoying the event. If you want to camp, you'll have to get a permit and pay in full in advance of the event. Permit applications are available on the Vermont State Fair website.
There are some rules you must abide by while visiting in an RV, but they are not overly strict. For example, you can only have one support vehicle with your RV, and awnings are not permitted. Also, pets are not allowed unless they are part of an exhibit or ADA-approved service animals. Additionally, quiet time is from midnight to 7:00 a.m. If those are rules you can live with, then you're good to go. If you don't have an RV of your own but want to have the comfort and amenities a recreational vehicle provides, then check out RVshare where you can easily find a great RV to rent.
You can park your RV in the camping area for some or all of the event. However, if you feel like camping somewhere else, you've got an option in the area. Iroquois Land Family Camping is a great RV park and resort only 3 miles from Rutland. There are plenty of amenities at the park, including 30- and 50-amp hookups, a swimming pool, pull-through sites and more.
If you don't want to sleep in your RV or don't have one, then you've also got plenty of hotel options, many of which are quite close to the fairgrounds. The Comfort Inn at Trolley Square is a stone's throw from the fairgrounds, and just south, you'll find the Econo Lodge Rutland and a Quality Inn.
It's easy to find your way to the Vermont State Fair. It's located right off U.S. Highway 4, which is also Highway 7 for a stretch of roadway. The route runs north and south and is easy to get to from most parts of the state. Once you get on Highway 4 or 7, you simply take either one to Rutland.
There is ample parking at the Vermont State Fair, and the best part of parking at the event is that it doesn't cost anything.
Tickets are available through the Vermont State Fair. Adult general admission, which includes all people ages 13 and over, is cheaper if purchased in advance. In 2019, the price for general admission was $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 paid $5 in 2019, and children under the age of 5 entered for free.
The Vermont State Fair is a great place to take an RV. With on-site camping, you can steal away to your RV any time you want a break from the action. While enjoying the fair, don't forget to capture some memories with your camera. Be sure to send RVshare some of your shots at [email protected] You could see your photos on the site's travel blog.
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