Agricultural Fair Beckons to One and All
Bill Eville
The preparations are almost done and the crowds ready to be welcomed to the 157th Agricultural Fair and Livestock Show.
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Mince Pie, Cucumbers and Squash, the Way It Used to Be at the Fair
Joseph Chase Allen
The day was hot, and horsedrawn rigs stood lined against the cedar bars, and over all there hung the smell of peanuts, soda and cigars, except down where the cattle stood, hot, thirsty, in the blazing sun and Old Man Andrews rigged his stand, the targets, and oiled up each gun. He couldn’t shoot while cattle stood so night the butts of turf and wood.
 
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Agricultural Fair and Cattle Show
Vineyard Gazette
Wednesday of last week was a great day for the Vineyard. At that time, the first agricultural gathering and display ever attempted on the Island, was successfully held at the Dukes County Academy, in West Tisbury. The exhibition greatly surpassed the warmest hopes of its friends. There was a grand display of the cattle, fruit, vegetables, flowers, pictures, and fancy articles.
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Fair Issues a Historic Poster
Rachel Orr
Twenty-five years ago, artist Thomas Hart Benton put on paper the spirit of the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Livestock Show and Fair.
 
Now the spirit of the fair as depicted by Mr. Benton is available on cotton as well.
 
The Benton egg tempera from 1967, entitled The Fair, is the design on this year’s fair T-shirts and posters. The T-shirts finally became available yesterday.
 
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Grand Illumination, Ag Fair, Fireworks

Illumination, the Agricultural Fair, the Oak Bluffs Fireworks, it’s all happening this coming week, the end of summer bonanza that keeps on giving.

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An Ox Carries the Day for Agricultural Fair Poster
Bill Eville
Barbara Ronchetti, owner of Island Alpaca, created this year's winning poster for the 157th annual Agricultural Fair. The fair takes place August 16 to 19.
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Agricultural Fair Ladies Gain Hall of Fame Status
Eleanor Neubert and Kathy Lobb, longtime managers of the Ag Fair, were honored at a weekend ceremony.
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Draft Horses to Racing Pigs, Fair Brings Fun and Friendly Competition
Heather Hamacek, Vivian Ewing, and Chloe Reichel

The 156th Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair put West Tisbury at center stage. Neither pounding rain nor blistering sun could keep crowds away.

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Agricultural Fair Day Three: Sun Returns, Woodsmen Roar
Vivian Ewing
Friday’s deluge of rain turned the grassy parking lots around the fair into mud pits. But on Saturday the sun and heat returned along with lots of happy fairgoers.
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Rainy Day at the Fair; Draft Horses Keep Pulling
Heather Hamacek

Teams lined up for the draft horse pull at the Agricultural Fair Friday were undeterred by rain. In fact, wet weather kept the animals cool.

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