The Vermont State Fair in Rutland Vermont

History of the Vermotn State Fair

 

See our slide show below . . .

1940's Photo2001 Photo

 

 

The Fair in the Forties

 

The Vermont State Fair 2001

 

 

 

 

The correct wording for the fair is The Rutland County Agricultural Society, Inc. d/b/a as the Vermont State Fair.

The first Vermont State Fair took place in 1846 making it one of the oldest state fairs in the United States. 

The Vermont State fair was originally named the Rutland State Fair and started out being only a one day event located somewhere in Rutland County. The first fair took place in a field near Castleton with Fredrick Button being the first President of the Rutland County Agricultural Society.   

The Rutland rail yard some in 1849 and after a few years began putting extra cars on to bring people from all over Vermont and Western New York to the fair.

After moving around Rutland County for a few years, the Rutland fair grew closer to Rutland City, sometimes setting up on land owned by John Cain (now Grove Street north of Crescent) or on the old Baxter Estate. 

The Fair was given a permanent home in 1856.  The land at 175 South Main Street in Rutland, VT was originally known as the Rutland County Park and The Vermont State Fair is still held at this location today.  There is a provision in the deed that there must be an agricultural fair held on this property once a year.  If a fair is not held, the land would convert to the heirs of the original owners.    

The fair started as a one day event, moved to a two day event and then in 1893, the fair was held for three days.  By 1933, the fair was a six day event.

The first year the Fair was closed was in 1917 when the State of Vermont closed the Fair, with all other public gatherings, due to an epidemic of influenza.

In 1926 the Rutland fair was rated the third largest in New England and among the top 10 in the nation.

The discussion of pedestrian and automobile tunnels were first discussed in 1915. The auto tunnel was built in 1991 and the pedestrian tunnel was built in 1992.

On June 17, 1939 the great fire completely destroyed the grandstand. The reconstruction of the grandstand took just 40 days.

In 1942, with the United States in conflict with World War two, the Fair was only a one day event.

Two cattle barns burned during the 1964 Fair.

The summer of 1970 brought the fire of the Arts and Crafts building.  That building stood on the land that is now the location of the Presidents Building. 

In 1972 The Rutland Fair became officially the "Vermont State Fair".

The Fair has had top name entertainers that included Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Pride, Tayna Tucker, Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band, Vince Gill, and Scotty McCreery.  

 

1960 Photo1960 Photo

 

The summer of 1970 brought the fire of the Arts and Crafts building. (now the location of the Presidents Building)
In 1972 The Rutland Fair became officially the "Vermont State Fair"

The Fair has had top name entertainers such as Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Pride

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