Home Shows & Exhibits


Twist O’ Wool Guild, which has met regularly since 1979 in the Middlebury area, occupies a tent next to the Antique Equipment area. There will be demonstrations of spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting, knitting & crocheting from 10:00am to 6:00pm throughout fair week. Exhibits of handspun yarn and finished articles will be on display. Guild members will be available to answer any questions you may have concerning working with any fibers - animal or vegetable!

The Twist O’ Wool Guild is a non-profit, educational, spinning and weaving organization which meets on the first Thursday of each month September through June at 7:00 pm at the American Legion Hall on Wilson Road (behind G. Stone Motors) off Route 7 South in Middlebury. For more information, contact Peggy Lyons at 545-5966.


 SHEEP DISPLAY: Various breeds of sheep, all raised locally, will be exhibited. Sheep growers will be on hand to answer questions and to discuss sheep raising in Addison County. 4-H youth will be showing their sheep projects and will demonstrate washing and grooming of their sheep for showing. 4-H Clubs from other areas will participate in the activities.

There will be demonstrations of sheep handling and sheep shearing DAILY at 2:00 p.m. except Thursday and Friday (show days).


SUPERINTENDENT: Jeff Carter, UVM Extension Agronomist, 388-4969, Jeff.Carter@uvm.edu

ENTRY DEADLINE: August 8, 2016 -ALL Products in by 12:00 Noon


1. Limit one (1) entry in each class. All entries must be produced on the exhibitor’s farm.

2. Bring exhibits to the north end of the 4-H Exhibit Building on Monday morning between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. This is the only time to enter. Judging begins at 1:00 p.m.

3. Entries must be tagged using Field Days tags for grower name, farm name, address, class and variety.

4. Entries will be judged as follows: Excellent - Blue, Good - Red, Fair - White. Rosettes will be awarded for Best of each Class and Best of Show.

5. Premiums: Blue Ribbon - $15, Red - $10, White - $5. Best of each class - $25, Best of Show - $50


Whole Plants

1. Freedom from plant defects.

2. Yield and forage quality potential.

3. Potential for proper maturity at harvest.

4. Conformation of size and uniformity.

Stored Forage & Grains

1. Freedom from plant defects.

2. Harvested properly for high feed quality.

3. Stored properly for high feed quality.

4. Conform to entered class criteria.


Whole Plants

1. Corn Plants - 3 whole plants with roots.

2. Soybeans - 5 whole plants with roots.

3. Cereal Grains - Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rye.

Stored Forage

4. Corn Silage - 1 quart jar.

5. Snaplage or Ground ear corn - 1 quart.

6. Grass Haylage - 1 quart jar.

7. Legume Haylage - 1 quart jar.

8. Dry Hay - Legume - 1 slice of bale.

9. Dry Hay - Grass - 1 slice of bale.

10. Dry Hay - Mixed Legume/Grass - 1 slice.

11. Wrapped Baleage Hay - big zip-lock bag.


12. Corn Grain Whole - 1 quart.

13. Corn Grain Ground - 1 quart.

14. Soybean Grain Whole - 1 quart.

15. Cereal Grain Whole - 1 quart.

16. Other Pulse or Brassica Seed Whole - 1 quart.


Thursday, August 11, 2016 — 10:00 am

The handmowing contest is located north of the Antique Equipment Exhibit Area


1. Entries accepted from anyone.

2. IMPORTANT - Please email entries to kduclos@gmavt.net or mail to to Kathy Duclos,1421 Robert Young Road, Starksboro, Vt 05487; by July 30, 2016. This enables us to set up judging lists in advance and saves time. Include your name, address, phone number, classes being entered. If need be, entries will be accepted at the Site.

3. ENTRY FEES — there are none. Contestants will pay regular admission to the grounds.

Be sure to get a receipt and it will be refunded at the site.

4. PRIZES — Trophies for the first three placings in each class and ribbons to all contestants.

5. Contestants will furnish their own equipment and will be responsible for it, as well as for all safety precautions.

6. Judging will be based on time, width of cut, evenness of stubble.

7. Decision of the judges is final.


1. YOUTH (16 AND UNDER) 15-foot strip

2. WOMEN, ages 17 – 59 15-foot strip

3. MEN, ages 17 - 59 25-foot strip

4. SENIOR WOMEN, ages 60-79 15-foot strip

5. SENIOR MEN, ages 60-79 25-foot strip

6. ROGER SHATTUCK MEMORIAL (Ages 80+) 15-foot strip

7. OPEN TO ALL 25-foot strip


SUPERINTENDENT: Chris Olson, Addison County Forester, 388-4969 x333

Daily (morning and afternoon) demonstrations of sawmilling, woodworking, lumber handling, forest management, woodlot management, plus ongoing exhibits. Meet forest

landowners, foresters, logging contractors and sawmill owners who manage Vermont’s forest resources. Visit this attraction on Cedar Island, behind the Emergency Services building.


DIRECTOR: Gilbert Goodyear, 453-2111

SUPERINTENDENT: Pam Gevry, 759-2238

Various free youth activities will be held by the Children’s Barnyard every day (see schedule for times). Some examples of games are face painting, try your luck games, bubble making and many more! No entry fee or presign up is necessary.


DIRECTOR: Gilbert Goodyear, 453-2111

SUPERINTENDENT: Pam Gevry, 759-2238

The Children’s Barnyard will have a competition for educational displays again this year. Displays may be attended or unattended. The purpose for attended displays is to allow the exhibitors to share with the public their experiences and expertise and to answer any questions about their exhibits.

Entries may be entered in the following:

1. Children’s Division (under 8): must be attended 1 hour or more each day.

Exhibits will be judged on the following criteria:

1. Overall appearance including health of animals

2. Educational content

3. Audience participation

4. Organization and clarity

5. Interest

6. Originality

2. Youth Division (ages 9-13): must be attended 1 hour or more each day.

3. Young Adult (ages 14-17): must be attended 1 hour or more each day.

4. Adult Division (over 18): must be attended 2 hour or more each day.

Please Note: Group displays will be judged for the oldest member in the group.


Unattended Displays:

Child Youth Young Adult Adult Group

1st $20 $20 $25 $25 $25

2nd $15 $15 $22 $22 $22

3rd $13 $13 $20 $20 $20

4th $10 $10 $18 $18 $18

Attended Displays:

Child Youth Young Adult Adult Group

1st $30 $50 $80 $100 $100

2nd 20 40 70 90 75

3rd 18 30 60 80 50

4th 15 20 50 70 25

5th 10 10 40 60 20

Ribbon places and premiums may be changed by the judges according to yearly entries and budget available. Prizes will be awarded solely at the discretion of the judges. Exhibitors who attend their exhibits will be issued one season pass per exhibit. Other exhibitors will be issued two day passes per exhibit. Exhibits must be in place by 7:00 p.m. Monday. and remain in place until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday. Please register early, as space will be allotted as entries come in according to the needs of each exhibit. Late exhibits will NOT BE JUDGED!


DIRECTOR: Neil Allen, (802) 989-5167

NEW DAY THIS YEAR! Thursday, August 11, 2016 11:00 a.m. – Youth ages 4-10 Both girls & boys combined. Sign up between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. – Location: Show Tent.

The youngster’s version of the real thing. Come on down and watch the fun and cheer for your favorite puller! Pulling tractor and sled is provided by Field Days.


SUPERINTENDENT: Gilbert Goodyear, 453-2111

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 5:00 p.m. –LOCATION: Animal Show Arena

Addison County Fair & Field Days will be sponsoring a pet show for children up to 16 years old and their pets. Awards will be given in a variety of fun categories, including biggest pet, most unusual pet, most obedient pet, smallest pet, etc. All participants will receive a ribbon.

All children participating will be allowed on the grounds free that day. Animals must be on a leash or confined in a pet carrier.


Two Evenings (Weather Permitting): Friday, August 12, 2016 and Saturday, August 13, 2016

SPONSORED BY: RE/MAX North Professionals & The Gridley Group • LOCATION: North of the Lucien Paquette exhibit building in parking lot.

Our hot air balloon stands nearly 70’ tall and 60’ wide, so come and take a tethered ride in this “gentle giant”! You will be getting a “bird’s eye view” of this very special part of Addison County.


A nominal fee will be charged, with all proceeds to benefit Addison County Fair & Field Days. Look for the Red, White and Blue Balloon!


DIRECTOR: Bill Roleau, 453-3713

The Antique area at Addison County Fair and Field Days is one of the finest in New England. Displays are housed in a local barn that was dismantled and reassembled on the grounds in 1993. The Antique area has many motion exhibits which consist of thrashing grain, baling straw, milling corn, sawing shingles on a circular saw mill, cutting firewood with a drag saw powered both by horse and a single cylinder engine. Also, many outdoor exhibits that are powered by horses. Those include reaping and binding, sickle bar mowing, tedding hay, raking hay and using a hay loader. This year the Green Mountain Teamsters will be there to help with the Antique Equipment Area demonstrations. There is also an overflowing tent of local antique tractors. Many of which were and still are used on local farms. A new addition in 2009 was a Blacksmith shop that has daily displays. This area has many new additions each year so make sure you include a stop here during your trip to the fair!!


With DJ Amanda Rock — Wednesday, August 10, 2016 — 7:00 p.m. — Sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. — Location: Show Tent

Come, sing your heart out at the Karoake Talent Night. A true talent night, no screens with words, just the music, you and a microphone. Chance to win great prizes from our celebrity judges. Adult and kids divisions. Come sing, have fun and be a STAR.


SUPERINTENDENT: Benj Deppman, 462-3614

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 — 1:00 p.m. — Tractor Pad

Sign up at the Tractor Pad starting at 12:00 p.m.

Classes: 11 and under, 12-17years old; 18 years and older. Test your strength. See how far you can throw. Cast Iron skillets will be provided by Field Days for the throw!


SUPERINTENDENT: Benj Deppman, 462-3614

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 — 12:00 p.m. — Tractor Pad

The caber is a log that men attempt to flip end over end. Test your strength and see how far you can throw! Cabers will be provided by Field Days. Must be 18 years or older to enter the competition