Champlain Valley Exposition
Essex Junction, VT
The Champlain Valley Fair is part of the Champlain Valley Exposition, a not-for profit organization founded in 1922.The first Fair opened as the Essex Fair in Essex Center. It grew so quickly over it's first few years that a committee was formed with the intent of turning it into a "true county Fair" in 1921. By the end of the following January the committee had reveiwed five sites and settled on our current location. By end of May in 1922 the steps were being taken to purchase the land and the organization was incorporated as we now know it - The Champlain Valley Exposition. Because the new facility would not be ready in time the first Fair was held on the old grounds in Essex September 12-15, the same days the "State Fair" was being held in White River Junction. More than 15,000 people attended that first Fair. Over the years, many buildings have been added to the facility. One of the most signigicant additions to the cattle area was the addtion of a milking parlor in 1967, allowing farmers to be paid for there milk while there cows were at the Fair. More recently the addition of the Robert E. Miller Centre has allowed the Fair to host hundreds of exhibitors in indoor facilities and allowed the Exposition to be a year round facility. For the last week in August, attend the Champlain Valley Fair for numerous activites, vendors, music etc. and see what this annual traditional is all about!