1. It’s a summer tradition. A Rhode Island tradition since 1966, the Washington County Fair is the state’s largest agricultural event and outdoor fair. Spanning five days and sprawling across acres of pastoral grounds in Richmond, the festival has something for everyone: food, shopping, concerts, farm animals, special events, midway rides and so much more. This year’s extravaganza – the 51st annual – takes place on August 16-20. Tickets are only $11 for adults, and are free to kids under 10.
2. It’s a taste of Rhode Island. Over 130 food and craft vendors set up shop throughout the fair for a day of tastings and shopping. From burgers to BBQ and seafood to freshly-squeezed lemonade, enjoy an enormous variety of Rhody delicacies and outdoor festival fare. Meet local artisans and browse through a unique selection of clothing, home wares, jewelry, accessories and more.
3. You get to be a kid again. One of the highlights of the Washington County Fair is the biggest midway in Rhode Island, complete with carnival rides and games for both kids and adults. The big ferris wheel, kiddie land and New England’s largest traveling roller coaster are just a few attractions not to be missed this year.
4. The concerts are amazing. Known for its always impressive lineup of country artists, this year’s fair features crowd favorites like Rhode Island’s own Billy Gilman, Tom Wurth, William Michael Morgan, Michael Ray, Alec MacGillivray, Rachael Fusaro, Runaway June and Sundance Head, 2016 winner of The Voice. Even better, daily admission includes access to all the concerts, events and special acts.
5. It’s good, old-fashioned fun. With a nod to the past, the organizers of the Washington County Fair aim to offer families wholesome and affordable entertainment the way it used to be. To boot, proceeds are generously donated to local non-profits in the community. The best of Rhody’s agriculture is on display here, with judges awarding professional, amateur and even kid farmers ribbons in everything from heaviest zucchini to the best miniature roses. 4-H shows, an adult pie-eating contest, tractor pulls, kids’ milking contests, bunny races and hundreds of other activities and acts are all for the taking at the 51st Annual Washington County Fair.
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