I took a look at some of the events we have this coming week and one thing stuck out in my mind, longevity. There are no events showcased this week that are not at least 50 years in tradition. Some of the fairs listed are well over 100 years old. Think about that. Three of fairs I have chosen this week began before the U.S. Civil War! It would definitely be worth a closer look at exactly what makes the events that have been around as long as these, be around as long as these. Do they have some magical secret to their long term success? Normally I would say it’s the management, however I seriously doubt any of the original management is still around. Maybe it’s the management philosophy that has endured. Maybe it’s that people, even 100 years later, still like to have fun, without computers, facebook and twitter. Whatever it is, I am sure all of these events are worth the trip. Make your weekend plans now. If none of these events are near you, check the search box to see what events with longevity take place near you.
The All-American Soap Box Derby Akron, OH 7/23
Since 1934, festival runs for 6 days, finishing with the world championship race with champions from Canada, USA and Germany.
Ann Arbor Art Fair Ann Arbor, MI 7/20-7/23
Since 1960, the streets of downtown Ann Arbor will be filled with the sights and sounds of the four art fairs collectively known as the Ann Arbor Art Fairs. This year the 1,100 invited artists will display and sell their work.
Burlington County Farm Fair Columbus, NJ 7/20-7/23
Since 1947, a special blend of traditional farm fare, Antique Engines and Tractors Exhibit, homestyle cooking, country western entertainment and amusement rides for the whole family.
Dallas Summer Boat Show Dallas, TX 7/22-7/24
Since 1956, every kind of boat imaginable on display, a resource for your boating and outdoors needs. See the latest in boats and boating equipment and accessories by leading manufacturers and retailers. The show is held on two consecutive weekends.
Saint Ann’s Italian Street Festival Hoboken, NJ 7/21-7/26
Since 1911, One of the most well known and beloved Italian festivals in the U.S. Rich in history and tradition, people travel form great distance to attend this celebration. Featuring 60+ vendors, entertainment, arts and crafts, games and a procession through the streets of Hoboken on Saturday. This is a really great festival in the New York area with Italian food specialty items galore.
Platte County Fair Tracy, MO 7/20-7/23
Since 1863. The fair features entertainment, carnival, crafts, great food, rides and games, 4-H agricultural exhibits, animals, horse show exhibits, talent show and more.
Pennington County Fair Thief River Falls, MN 7/20-7/24
Since 1909, food, entertainment, animals, agricultural exhibits, games and rides, and great food are the backbone of this fair.
Scott County Free Fair Scott City, KS 7/20-7/24
Since 1948, the fair has been entertaining area families with the exhibits, rides and entertainment. Don’t forget to enjoy the food booths.
Watonwan County Fair Saint James, MN 7/20-7/24
Since 1918. A celebration for those near and far that showcases all that the county has to offer. Plenty of things to do and see for young and old such as children’s activities, entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, livestock and agriculture competitions, midway rides and much, much more.
Columbia County Fair Portage, WA 7/20-7/24
Since 1852, the fair has provided entertainment and fun for the entire family with agricultural exhibits, animals, a midway, great food and children’s activities.
Great Jones County Fair Monticello, IA 7/20-7/24
Since 1853. Features fun for the entire family including children’s activities, entertainment, music, rides, commercial vendors selling their wares, a wide variety of food and attractions.
Green County Fair Monroe, WI 7/20-7/24
Since 1855, the fair has provided entertainment and fun for the entire family with agricultural exhibits, animals, a midway, great food and children’s activities.
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