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A fair to remember

Updated Aug. 19 Sunday: 3 pm  The crowds were mostly gone by mid-Sunday afternoon, but there were still racing pigs, the skillet toss, and plenty of prizewinning quilts, artwork, and handcrafted woodwork to see. The music...

Schedule: 158th Annual MV Agricultural Society Fair

Carnival rides open 11 am Barn closes at 9 pm Thursday - Saturday, 5 pm Sunday Hall closes at 10 pm Thursday - Saturday, 5 pm Sunday THURSDAY– AUGUST 15 (10 am - 11 pm) 10 am  Ox Obstacle...

When in West Tisbury…

West Tisbury has the most agricultural feel of all six Island towns — fitting that it hosts the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair every year. From rolling farmlands to woody thickets to its small town...

Pulling strings

For the first time ever, the sweet, sweet sound of dozens of ukuleles will fill the music tent at the Ag Fair on opening day, Thursday, August 15, from 4:30 to 6 pm. The ukulele...

Sea you there!

“All Roads Lead to the Fair, Sea You There,” is the theme that inspired this year’s winning and whimsical fair poster design: a mermaid drives a tractor, shepherding an assortment of farm animals across...

Tips for tackling the Ag Fair

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But forget the carols, snowflakes, and tinsel. For us dedicated Ag Fair buffs, our favorite season is marked by bright sunshine, cotton candy instead of sugar...

What’s new at the Ag Fair

The art in the hall, the pigs in the barn, and the woodsmen’s contest are perennial favorites at the fair, but there’s always something new to discover, too. This year brings a new Ferris...

Looms, fibers, and shears, oh my!

The Fiber Tent returns to the 158th Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair to teach sustainable practices and promote local farming. The brainchild of Katharine Long, her husband Tom Vogl, and Glenn Jackson, the tent started almost...

At the Ag Fair, with Charlie, my angel

More than a trip to Disney World, more than the celebration of Christmas, for Vineyarders the annual four-day Agricultural Fair grounds us in the sacredness of family. Since my beloved ex-husband Marty Nadler began luring...

Simpler times

“Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels ...” — Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides, Now” (1969) The Ag Fair, operated by the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society (MVAS), has been an annual marker for Island residents for 160...

Schedule: 157th Annual MV Agricultural Society Fair

Thursday, August 16 – Sunday, August 19 Fair Hours Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 AM – 11 PM Sunday 9:30 AM – 7 PM Exhibit Hall Hours Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 AM – 10 PM Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM Barn...

Ox tale

The first thing that strikes you about Barbara Ronchetti’s ox is his charming personality. Ronchetti uses her soft colored CarbOthello pastel pencils to create a recognizable but not photorealistic animal. “I tried to draw...

Kids and goats

A sign on North Road in Chilmark invited motorists to stop at Native Earth Teaching Farm for a 4-H Goat Club fundraiser last month. At the farm stand, young people in green 4-H T...

Who’s who behind the Ag Fair

Behind the scenes, the fair is jumping into the 21st century with both feet. The “Fair Ladies,” who began their careers at the fair in the mid-1980s, have handed the reins to the next...

All’s Fair

Cows in the barn, cotton candy, and carnival rides are classic fair attractions, but there’s always room for something new. Around the fairgrounds, educational experiences are expanding, from the new waste-management system (see story...

Greening the fair

A new initiative at this year’s fair aims to reduce plastic waste, utilize any compostable food scraps, and diminish the waste stream of this major summer event. The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society will team...

Affair with a Fair

The Fair is like a tiny town, No sooner built than taken down. Its anthem is a fiddle tune, Its flag the fleeting harvest moon. The cars in town are pink and teal And tethered to a Ferris wheel; The...

Westminster to West Tisbury

Training a dog and working with a dog are two different things. While training is teaching the dog, working with a dog is listening to, respecting, and cooperating with what the trained dog is...

Enter the 2018 Ag Fair poster contest

The Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society is accepting entries for its annual Ag Fair poster contest. The artwork needs to be a graphic design suitable for reproduction on T-shirts and must fit an 18'' by...

2017 MVAS dog show results

The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society held its annual dog show on Sunday. The results below list blue ribbon winning dogs for each breed. Mixed Breed – Dog Murray – miniature labradoodle – owner/handler: Amy Cummings Mixed Breed...