There’s no shortage of fun to be had at Vermont’s fairs and field days. This summer, more than 700,000 visitors are expected at fairs and field days across the state. From agricultural exhibits and competitions, to rides and tractor pulls, to music and of course food, fairs have something for everyone.
Fairs play an important role in communities by bringing neighbors together, and helping to educate the public about agriculture. According to the USDA Ag Census, less than 2% of Americans make a living in agriculture today, so fairs are an important opportunity to keep us connected to our agricultural roots.
Each year, the state invests in our fairs by providing funding for capital projects, such as bandstands, bathrooms, and pavilions. In 2017, more than $200,000 was granted to our Vermont fairs and field days to sustain infrastructure. An additional $95,000 in state stipends was provided to fairs to help fund operations.
The summer fair season kicked off last weekend in Bradford and continues through October….
July 28-30 Lamoille County Field Days: www.lamoillefielddays.com
July 29 Pownal Valley Fair
August 3-6 Franklin County Field Days: www.franklincountyfielddays.org
August 8-13 Addison County Fair & Field Days: www.addisoncountyfielddays.com
August 15-19 Vermont State Fair: www.vermontstatefair.net
August 16-20 Orleans County Fair: www.orleanscountyfair.net
August 17-20 Deerfield Valley Farmer's Day Exhibition: www.dvfair.com
August 23-27 Caledonia County Fair www.caledoniacountyfair.com
August 25-27 Bondville Fair www.bondvillefair.org
August 25 - Sept 3 Champlain Valley Fair www.champlainvalleyfair.org
September 2-4 Guilford Fair www.guilfordfairvermont.com
September 14-17 Tunbridge World's Fair www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com
Sept 30 - Oct 1 Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival www.vtsheepandwoolfest.com
For more information about Vermont Fairs and Field Days, visit http://agriculture.vermont.gov/producer_partner_resources/fairsfielddays
In response to forty-seven separate price scanner violations, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markers has issued more than $210,000 in penalties to Vermont Dollar General stores since 2013, including $24,000 in penalties this year. Agency inspectors have observed repeated pricing inaccuracies which could shortchange consumers, such as discrepancies between the posted shelf price and the price charged at the register.
By enforcing weights and measures standards at retail stores, the Agency’s Consumer Protection Section works to make sure Vermonters get what they pay for. Inspectors are on the look-out for faulty price scanners and inaccurate scales – errors that cost shoppers money. For the first violation, the Agency issues an official notice. The store must send back a corrective action report detailing how it will correct the problem. If there are continued problems, the Agency may issue administrative penalties and take other action, including referral to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office.
“The Agency of Agriculture has levied increasing monetary penalties against Dollar General over the past four years,” said Dr. Kristin Haas, head of the Agency’s Food Safety and Consumer Protection Division. “We feel it is important that consumers are aware of these inaccuracies, so they can take an active role in ensuring they are charged accurately, by checking their receipts and paying close attention in the store.”
“We are working towards helping Vermonters have a better experience when they shop at Dollar General,” said Consumer Protection Chief, Henry Marckres.
To see a list of the current Consumer Protection violations, visit http://agriculture.vermont.gov/food_safety_consumer_protection/consumer_protection/violations
For more information, contact Henry Marckres, Consumer Protection Chief, 802-828-3458