Vineyard Gazette
Wednesday of last week was a great day for the Vineyard.
Agricultural Fair
West Tisbury History
Maia Coleman
The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society has unveiled the winning poster for the fair this summer honoring Emma Hall, a longtime fair volunteer who died this winter in a motor vehicle accident.
Agricultural Fair


The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society has chosen a painting by Traeger di Pietro as the winning entry for this year's fair poster contest. The 162nd annual agricultural fair takes place August 15 to 18.

The Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society is accepting submissions for its annual Fair Poster Contest.


Some came for the rides, others the food, many spent their time with the animals, competed in tests of skill and endurance, or put their prize tomatoes on the line with ribbons and pride at stake.

The 161st Agricultural Fair opened Thursday morning in West Tisbury, a tradition that dates back to 1858. Nearly 2,000 people attended that first fair, which was held for one day on October 27, 1858, the traditional harvest season.

The 161st edition of the Agricultural Fair takes place Thursday, August 17 through Sunday, August 20.
 Planning begins in October, when organizers from the Agricultural Society meet for a debrief and begin reserving slots on the Steamship Authority ferry.

This year’s Agricultural Fair poster is designed by Nancy Mulcahy, an Edgartown seasonal resident.