Agricultural Society Livestock Show and Fair Sets Record for Attendance in Four Days
Mark Alan Lovewell

The 144th annual Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society Livestock Show and Fair set records in attendance, and participation, resulting in shortages in unexpected ways.

"This is even better than the Clinton years," said fair manager Eleanor Neubert, who reported attendance of 29,022 over the four-day fair, up more than a thousand from last year.

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Agricultural Society Annual Fair Begins with Blue Skies, Sunshine
Max Hart

It may be only a few minutes shy of 10:30 in the morning, but as
Rocky Magnuson reminds the stream of people walking by, it's never
too early to enjoy a little kettle corn.

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Agricultural Fair Welcomes All Comers
Rachel Nava Rohr

It was nearing four o'clock at the Martha's Vineyard
Agricultural Society's 143rd annual Livestock Show and Fair on
Saturday - time for the Birds of Prey show to begin - but in
the heart of the crowd beside the tent full of owls and hawks, it was
not a peregrine falcon but rather President Bill Clinton who was
attracting the attention.

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Annual Agricultural Fair Promises Four Days of Fun, Competition
Rachel Nava Rohr

This week brings the dog shows and skillet throws, tractor pulls and
spinning wools, oyster shucking, horse bucking, burger making and prize
taking that make up the 145th annual Martha's Vineyard
Agricultural Society Livestock Show and Fair - better known in a
single breath as the ag fair.

The festivities begin Thursday at 10 a.m. at the agricultural hall
in West Tisbury and close on Sunday at 7 p.m.

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Pigs Race, Women's Skillets Fly at Weekend of Agricultural Fair
Jim Hickey

An account of the first Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society
Fair, which at the time was called simply the fair and cattle show, from
the Oct. 14, 1859 edition of the Vineyard Gazette recounts that the show
was "well attended by people from all parts of the County."

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Ho for the 146th Livestock Show and Fair!
Julia Rappaport

The gates opened half an hour early this year for the 146th annual
Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society Livestock Show and Fair
because of the number of people milling in the parking lot. And at 10:45
a.m. yesterday the line in front of the West Tisbury firemen's
hamburger booth was the shortest it will be all weekend. At peak hours,
the wait for a grilled-to-perfection burger can take up to 15 minutes,
but on this morning, only two people were waiting, their elbows up on
the counter.

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Blue Ribbon Winners and More: Agricultural Society Fair Results

Junior Goats

General, over 2 years doe: 1. Thea Keene, 1. Adelaide Keene.

Junior Swine

General, Sow under 1 year: 1. Nathaniel W. Packer, 2. Charlotte Packer, 3. David Packer.

Junior Swine, General, Barrow under 1 year: 1. Nathaniel W. Packer, 2. Charlotte Packer, 3.David Packer.

Junior Swine, General, Barrow over 1 year: 1. Nathaniel W. Packer, 1. Charlotte Packer, 2. David Packer.

Junior Sheep, Pure Bred, Sheep: 1. Lucy Tompson, 1. Oscar Thompson.

Junior Sheep

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Ag Fair Votes Don Sibley’s Japanese Maple Best Bonsai

Members of the Martha’s Vineyard Bonsai Society asked visitors to their display at the Agricultural Fair to choose their favorite bonsai. The clear first place winner was a Japanese maple grown by Don Sibley.

The number of votes for the following honors was very close; in second place was a cedar forest grown by Jeff Donaroma, and in third place, a Chinese elm grown by Betty Trider.

Three plants were awarded honorable mention: Vincent Dellatorra’s grape vine; Ernie Carlomagno’s small leaf jade and his Shimpaku juniper.

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From Best in Show to Best Skillet Toss, Winners Take All at Agricultural Fair
Sam Bungey

Sam Hayes of Edgartown affectionately pinned back the ears of his giant American pit bull terrier, Wallace, as owner and canine took a breather from Sunday’s dog show.

It was the last day of the 147th Annual Livestock Show and Fair of the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society. A total of 29,706 entrance tickets were sold, happily surprising organizers who were braced for recession-era frugality and low returns on a late summer start date.

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Make Way for the Fair, and a New Barn
Julia Rappaport

In just a few weeks, the agricultural hall grounds in West Tisbury will be abuzz with activity. Already there are signs that the annual Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Livestock Show and Fair — the first day is August 21 — is just around the corner.

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