Photographer Daria Bishop spent time over the summer going to the state’s many fairs to capture this longtime Vermont tradition. She found compelling behind-the-scenes tales, memorable faces and stories of love.
Every fair, like every Vermont community, has its own traditions. For the Deerfield Valley Farmers’ Day Fair, the tradition is pie eating. Travis Bolte of Readsboro is the defending champion. At a recent sitting, he ate 14 ounces of pie — not quite as good as last year. “There was a tiebreaker,” he says. “So they scooped pie off the ground, and I had to eat it again.”
Other traditions are easy to find at the fair. For instance, family matriarch Lynn Dupuis honors her son Micah by participating in the Jack and Jill sawing competition each year. Micah passed away when he was 19 in a logging accident. Last year, she and her son Aaron took first place.
See a listing of Vermont’s fairs or find more events on the Vermont Travel Planner.