The Barnstable County Fair drew huge numbers of visitors last year, and organizers are hoping the crowds will return when Cape Cod’s flagship summer event returns for seven days of music, fun and fairground rides. carnival.
The fair, which began in 1844, was only shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but made a comeback last year with outstanding attendance.
“In 2021, approximately 70,000 visitors came to the fairgrounds to join the fair, which was a record incident for us,” says general manager Wendy Brown.
“People were looking to join in the festivities, having dealt with the pandemic, and the fair served as the perfect refuge for that.”
And probably again: “We expect another strong turnout this year,” Brown said. “As everything returns to normal, we expect more participation.”
The Barnstable County Agricultural Society hosts the fair every year, featuring different rides, activities, agriculture-related contests, and music bands from around the world.
There will be traditional attractions like agriculture and livestock exhibits for adults and youth, local artisans and vendors, food fairs and daily performances. In addition to the events on the main stage, there will be a beer garden, a Mini FMX and BMX thrill show, circus acts and Kevin Adair’s stilt and juggling acts. There will be a petting zoo filled with chickens, goats and cows; and shows for poultry, rabbits and sheep.
“We always try to bring a different mix of entertainment and activities for everyone, from all age groups and cultures,” spokesman Craig Orsi said.
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The entertainment lineup on the main stage this year (all starting at 7:30 p.m.) includes bands from Sweden and across the United States: folk-country singer and songwriter, Allie Colleen Monday; “Arrival from Sweden,” a Swedish ABBA tribute band, on Thursday, July 21; Peter Noone and his band Herman’s Hermits on Friday, July 22; Parmalee, a group of platinum-selling brothers, on Saturday, July 23; and Private Eyes, a Hall & Oates tribute band to close the fair on Sunday, July 24.
On Tuesday and Wednesday July 19 and 20, fan-favorite motorsports will be in the spotlight, with the Team Demolition Derby and the ‘World’s Largest Demolition Derby’, as well as the Kid’s Power Wheels Derby. The first two events pit amateur local drivers against each other to see who can last the longest in a match, which tests the car’s tolerance and the driver’s patience.
Food will be, as usual, one of the main attractions of the fair. This year, the organizers claim to offer different cuisine and flavors to satisfy people of all ethnicities and communities. “This year we are adding Middle Eastern falafel, Italian arancini and an assortment of Brazilian dishes to the lounge menu,” says Brown.
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The county agricultural society annually awards scholarships at the fair to qualified high school and college students in Cape Town. This tradition began in 1970 to encourage local students to pursue careers in agriculture, home economics, and other specific industries. Beneficiaries receive $2,000 per year for four years.
This year, officials will give 17 students a total of $35,000. “Last year we were unable to award new scholarships, due to the pandemic, but we honored commitments to all students in the previous year’s program,” says Orsi.
To go to the Barnstable County Fair
When: Doors open at 4 p.m. daily from Monday July 18 to Sunday July 24
Where: Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway (Route 151), East Falmouth
Admission: $15 for adults (three-day pass for $36); $12 ($10 Friday, July 22) for seniors and military (with valid military ID); $5 for 6 to 11 year olds with paying adult; free for children 5 and under accompanied by a paying adult. Wristband days, with unlimited carnival rides for $35 roller coaster, are Monday and Thursday (purchase between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., ride until 11 p.m.); Friday (purchase noon to 8 p.m., ride until 11 p.m.), and Sunday (purchase noon to 7 p.m. and ride until 10 p.m.)