Orleans County Fair Milestones

It All Began with an
Announcement in the Orleans Independent Standard
August 9th, 1867 Orleans Independent Standard published an announcement asking all persons interested in the formation of an Agricultural Society in the county to meet at Buck and Pendar`s Hall in Newport at 2:00 P.M , Saturday, August 17 “to confer together . . . and if found advisable, to organize such a society. A full attendance of all farmers as well as all other business and moneyed men of the county, is earnestly desired”... signed “Many citizens.’’

The First Annual Fair of Orleans County Agricultural Society was held at the “old fairground” near Barton Landing now the village of Orleans. The same site is now occupied by the Orleans Country Club.

"It's Noble Falcon by a Nose!"
On August 21, 2009 a new Vermont state record of 1:56.2 was set in a mile exhibition race. While the previous track record was 2:01.2, the Vermont state record WAS 1:59.4, set at the Rutland Fair in the late 1990s and co-held by two horses. The new state record set by Noble Falcon, driven by Brian Sears won by a nose to the roar of a record turn out crowd.

August 30, 2010
Barton, Vermont, United States

The Orleans County Fair Builds Mobile Pasteurizing and Cheese Making Unit

In the scenic Northeast Kingdom village of Barton, Vermont there are 144 years worth of memories in Roaring Brook Park here at the Orleans County Fairgrounds! Entering the 145th year, this good ole-fashioned agricultural fair is sure to continue to delight attendees of all ages from one to one hundred. Steeped in the tradition of agriculture this fair is teaming with animal exhibits and competitions of the highest caliber. Youth and 4-H groups compete in open shows in dairy, beef and horse events. The dairy program includes a very popular interactive milking parlor. In 2010, they debuted the only mobile pasteurizing and cheese making unit in New England. This mobile cheese processing unit was a monumental achievement spearheaded by Orleans County Fair official, Mike Tetreault. The completion of the $75,000 project not only enables the fair association to provide an exciting educational opportunity for fair goers, it also enables the fair to compensate farmers for their lost milk revenue while they are housing the best of their herd at the fair for the week. The fresh, warm cheddar cheese curds are sold as quickly as they can be bagged! http://www.orleanscountyfair.net/

Guinness Records Anyone?

On August 17, 2011 The Orleans County Fair Association earned the distinction of Guinness World Record holder for the World's Largest Cadillac Parade. The event was held in honor of Barton, VT native Henry M. Leland, inventor of both the Cadillac and Lincoln cars. 

The previous held record of 102 Cadillac cars in the Netherlands was crushed by a whopping 298 Cadillac cars parading the length of VT. Route 5 from Lake Region Union High School to the fairgrounds race track in Roaring Brook Park, Barton, VT

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