The Franklin County Fair in Malone NY, which is going on through Sunday August 11, has a rich, long history, including having made an appearance in the Laura Ingalls Wilder book "Farmer Boy." Photo: Mark Kurtz
Malone, NY, Aug 09, 2013 — County fairs are one of the joys of summer in the Adirondack North Country. In July and August, the region puts on its best, gives its farm animals a good grooming, and indulges in some fried food. The Franklin County Fair in Malone hosts competitions for everything from beef and dairy cows, to fruit and vegetables, to horse riding and including tractor pulls, demolition derbies, and music. The fair runs through Sunday, August 11.
The fair has a long history: The first was held in the early 1820s. The first fair on the current site took place in 1852 and was mentioned in Laura Ingalls Wilder's book Farmer Boy.
Sometimes referred to as the Little State Fair in Northern New York, it is one of the largest and longest fairs in the North Country.
NCPR Photographer Mark Kurtz took in the full fair experience this past Monday. Go to full article
Restored Wurlitzer plays again at events like Ottawa's SuperEX 2010.
Ottawa, ON, Aug 27, 2010 — Carnivals are something of an endangered species these days. Knowing this was the last time Ottawa's SuperEX would be at historic Lansdowne Park, organizers made space for visiting displays that focus on the rides, sideshows and music long associated with going to the fair - including a restored Wurlitzer organ the size of a small rail car.
Lucy Martin asked Jennifer Walker about the amazing music machine, which led to a conversation about the mission of the Carnival Museum. Go to full article
Gouverneur, NY, Aug 09, 2010 — Be it goats, cows, maple syrup or funnel cake, the St. Lawrence county fair has it all. Sarah Harris visited the fair in Gouverneur, ate too much funnel cake, braved the rides on the midway and sent this audio postcard. Go to full article
Aug 25, 2006 — The 85th Champlain Valley Fair opens Saturday and runs through Labor Day in Essex Junction, Vermont. Spokesman Stephen Mease says it's Vermont's largest fair and biggest annual event with a variety of entertainment, agricultural and educational exhibits, competitions, music and food. Go to full article
Hammond, NY, Sep 12, 2003 — Meet the Masters takes you to a small-town agricultural fair held in Hammond each September. There are chickens, sheep, cows, horses, geese, rabbits, kids and young farmers; an egg toss, a pie-eating contest, the chicken barbeque--all a part of celebrating the town's farming heritage. Lamar Bliss reports. Go to full article