From August 18 to 21, the grounds of the Agricultural Society Hall in West Tisbury will open for the 155th Annual Agricultural Fair.

All of the classics will be back — the rides, sheep shearing, art exhibits, tempura truck, horse pulls and countless other similar ventures.

According to fair manager Eleanor Neubert, the only additions are a black-smithing demonstration and a kids' ride called the Crazy Bus.

“We like to keep things traditional,” said Ms. Neubert. “We try to keep out commercialism.”

Ms. Neubert has been fair manager since 1984. She is a born-and-raised Islander and grew up going to the fair.

One of the featured exhibits will be a series of projects by junior high and elementary school students, called STEM projects, which involve creative uses of math and science.

The Agricultural Society has been accepting entry blanks for those interested in entering contests since August 1. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, August 15, and they should be submitted to the entry clerk at the Ag Hall or online. All non-perishable entries should be brought to the hall on Wednesday, August 17 between 12 and 5 p.m.

Tickets to the fair are $10 for adults and $5 for kids or those above 65. Entry is free for those under five years old. Parking is $5.

The fair runs Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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