Welcome to the tradition of the Orleans County Fair located just off Interstate 91 (exit 25) in the Northeast Kingdoms scenic Barton, Vermont. This is an old-time agricultural county fair steeped with history dating back to 1867. There is entertainment and fun for the entire family. Children one year of age to 100 will enjoy the animal exhibits and judging shows; (horse shows, horse pulls, horse harness racing, gymkhana, dairy cattle shows, beef shows, oxen show, ox pulling, milking parlor demonstrations, sheep shows, petting zoo, poultry exhibit, rabbit exhibit, alpaca exhibit).
Other agricultural displays include; horticulture display, arts & crafts, wool spinning, farm machinery dealer display, antique farm machinery. The evening entertainment is comprised of 4×4 truck pulling and the Demolition Derby. Experience a historic county fair in a picturesque setting!
The Orleans County Fair found her home at Roaring Brook Park in Barton, Vermont in 1867. The Association was formed of local farmers and businessmen who wanted to bring the community together to socialize and celebrate at the annual County Fair which is now held in August. The fair continues to embrace her agricultural history and has grown to meet the 21st centruy with the events that include the SnoCross Snow Machine races in March; Industrial tool sales; benefit events for local causes; Memorial Day and Fourth of July celebrations; horse pulling; horse shows; cattle shows and auctions; Vt Trapper’s Association weekend ; and more.
In 2011 we became the Guiness World Record holder for the most Cadillacs in a Parade! With 298 Cadillacs rounding our 1/2 mile track the record was brought home to Barton in fine fashion! 2010 brought us International recognition by way of harness racing’s finest drivers coming to Barton to participate in the Border Battle. The battle ended with The U.S. and Canada tied for bragging rights. 2009 brought a new 1/2 mile track record for the State of Vermont to our humble town. Blue Ridge Western and Noble Falcon-owned by our very own Fran & Melanie Azur, cruised our historic half mile with Brian Sears and Tim Tetrick at the reins. The final time of 1:56.2 crushed the old State record on 1:59 and left anyone who witnessed the event in absolute awe! In 2008 we received national recognition for our outstanding harness racing program and are currently working with the Freeman Foundation and The Preservation trust of Vermont to preserve our historic buildings, of which one dates back to 1867!
With the continued support of our Community, State and many visitors we intend to provide a meeting place for a wide variety of events that will keep people coming back to the Orleans County Fairgrounds for years to come.