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August is ripe with fairs celebrating folk music, hot air balloons, blueberries, antique boats, dance, bluegrass – and good fair food

[fa icon="calendar"] Aug 22, 2017 3:03:22 PM / by Mary Lhowe

Mary Lhowe

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It is fair season – find your fun in the outdoors in the luscious late summer.


Union Fair and Maine Wild Blueberry Festival in Union. August 19-26, 2017.Taste blueberries in every form your heart could desire, as your browse the livestock shows, midway, parade, fireworks and High Flying Frisbee Dogs. Have you ever seen Lawnmower Drag Racing? Map.

Crown of Maine Balloon Festival in Presque Isle, ME. August 24-27. Have you never been up in a hot-air balloon? It’s the feeling of freedom! Tethered rides are offered. Map.


Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction. August 25 - September 3. Vermonters revere their farms and their agricultural traditions. Come see the world’s best-tended cows and dip into the midway rides and games, entertainment, and unique fair food. You know Vermont is going to try something new with fried dough. Map.


Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA, through August 27. Jacob's Pillow, America's longest-running dance festival, brings audiences, dancers, choreographers, composers, teachers, experts and novices together to enjoy the art of dance. The festival closes this weekend with Alumni Day and the Festival Finale, with the ultimate Pillow party after closing weekend performance from The Washington Ballet and The Principles of Uncertainty. Map

 Salem Antique & Classic Boat Festival in Salem, MA. August 26-27. A rare chance to see vintage motor yachts and sailboats of all kinds from elegant 1920s-50s era mahogany runabouts and cabin cruisers to sloops, sharpies, yawls and schooners. Map.


2 Left Feet Blues Festival in Simsbury, CT. August 25-27. Blues from the masters! Come hear Tom “The Suit” Forst, “King” Solomon Hicks, Decker & Hally, Paul Gabriel, The Rusty Wright Band, Noah Kesselman, Ghost Town Blues Band, and many more. Map.

 Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival in Plainville, CT. August 25-27. Balloon launches before sunrise or at sunset, sometimes called at balloon glow, are a wonderful sight from the field. This festival also offers a craft fair and classic car show. Map.

Brooklyn Fair in Brooklyn, CT. August 24-27. Brooklyn could be the prettiest inland town in Connecticut, so it is a fun visit with or without the annual country fair. Come enjoy draft horses, livestock shows, home and garden exhibits, live entertainment, historical displays, and the midway. Map.

Mary Lhowe

Written by Mary Lhowe