The four-day fair begins on Thursday.
By Keith O'Connor
September 05, 2012
Ask the Franklin County Fair’s new president Linda Fisher what separates them from the rest of the pack and she’ll tell you honestly and enthusiastically – “We’re great.”
“Our area fairs signal the end of summer and the beginning of fall, and we fall somewhere in the middle. I’m just glad that we’re before The Big E,” laughed Fisher.
While the four-day agricultural fair actually swings open its gates Thursday at 3 p.m., the fair officially kicks off at 5 p.m. Thursday with a parade through downtown Greenfield, ending at the fairgrounds. The theme of this year’s parade is "Memories, Music and Magic.”
“The parade has gotten very big over the years and we have a few more contingents than last year,” said Fisher about the many bands, floats, and marching contingents in their year’s line of march.
Billing themselves as “the fun, family, friendly fair,” daily attractions at the Franklin Fair include the Indian River Olde Time Lumberjack Show, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, Flying High Frisbee Dogs, Shriner clowns, a midway, and much more.”
“For me personally, I just like fairs. For many, it’s the food that attracts them and the many different things that you can see on the fairgrounds. For others, it’s the midway rides, but at my age, the midway rides are out for me,” laughed Fisher.
In addition to all the popular fair foods from fried dough to cotton candy and from hamburgers to French fries and many other treats, Fisher said Thanksgiving will be coming a little early this year at the fair.
“We have a new food vendor who will be selling everything turkey, some 16 different items, including soups, stews, sandwiches, and a complete dinner,” said Fisher.
Operated by the Franklin County Agricultural Society, the Franklin County Fair remains true to its agricultural roots with four days of animal and farm-related fun with all kinds of livestock competitions from youth rabbit judging to dairy cattle shows. There is also the Western Mass. Truck Pull on Friday, draft horse draw on Saturday, and Sunday’s draft oxen pull.