On the third weekend in August, on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard, the air is tingling with the thrill of the annual Agricultural Fair. This year was the 115th fair and it didn’t disappoint. There are only 2 occasions where we have missed the Ag Fair, and that’s when we were out of the country. I have pictures of Sparrow at her first fair when she was 3 months old!
Originally, the fair was 3 days, but due to the massive summer crowds, they’ve expanded to 4 days. Friday night is fireworks night, so to encourage more people to the fairgrounds, and discourage deserters to the fireworks, bracelets are sold for $25 a piece, ensuring the wearer free, unlimited rides from 6pm – 10pm. This is, of course, much more cost effective if you have children that go mental and ride everything they make the height cut off for over and over and over. Most of the rides are $5 a piece, and when 2 kids can ride close to 70 rides between 6 and 10, the bracelet is a god send.
The organised chaos of the rides, the jubilant crowds, the sounds from the barn, the beckoning smells from the food booths, it all makes for an overwhelming feast for the senses.
We arrived clean, fresh and full of anticipation at about 4:30pm and left filthy, exhausted and completely satisfied at 11pm. Everyone needed a shower before bed, you just can’t get 6.5 hours worth of dust off with a sponge bath. Sky and Sparrow were both asleep before I got out of the shower. All in all, another successful year at the MV Ag. Fair!