Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair

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It’s that time of year on Kauai again! The Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair only comes once a year for four festive days on the Garden Isle. Bringing locals and visitors a taste of a mainland-style carnival, “the Fair” is an event for all ages. It’s happening Thursday, August 24th 2017 through Sunday, August 27th 2017 at Vidinha Stadium. More info about fair hours are located at the bottom of this blog, and on the Kauai Farm Fair website.

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The Agricultural Exhibit Tent is eye-candy for all lovers of flora and fauna. Peek at the Fruit and Vegetable Show, which opens Thursday, August 24th from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The prize winning fruits and veggies will be displayed. On Saturday, August 26th, Kauai woodworkers will be showcasing their skills with tropical woods from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Also on Saturday, is the highly anticipated Orchid Growing for Beginners seminar, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The class will be presented by Neill Sams of the Garden Island Orchid Society.

If you’re taking your little ones to the Kauai Farm Fair, the Livestock Tent is a must-visit. It holds the petting zoo and a range of farm animals participating in the Livestock Show. For only $2.00 per person, anyone can cuddle with the bunnies, chickens, and even piglets scampering around the petting zoo. The larger of the livestock are enclosed in their own pens for “looking but not touching”.

The Kauai Farm Fair wouldn’t be complete without its rides and attractions. All ages are catered to on the classic Ferris wheel, giving its riders a birds-eye view on its gentle rotations. If you’re feeling brave, the Pharaoh’s Fury is my personal favorite. It’s a giant “ship” that rocks you high to the sky and low again, mimicking the sensation of a free fall. The ultimate thrill-seekers will enjoy the Zipper, a spinning cage ride that’s not for the faint of heart. A full list of the rides offered at the Kauai Farm Fair is also available on their website.

There are an abundance of delicious food options for those searching to dine at the Kauai Farm Fair. Besides the traditional carnival treats such as cotton candy and soft pretzels, healthier alternatives can be found at numerous food booths. The Quinoa Bowl from the Island School booth is one of my top vegetarian choices. And the Hanalei Taro Truck’s mouthwatering kalua pig bowl is a local-style favorite.

To boot, the live entertainment selection is always varied and full of Kauai’s local talent. Be sure to check the fair website for this year’s current lineup of performances.

In general, daytimes at the fair are full of families and younger keiki, while nighttime brings around the teens. The Kauai Farm Fair is a family-friendly event for all to connect and explore the Kauai culture. You can bet you’ll find me near the caramel apple booth (yum)! Rides, food, and fun galore!

2017 Fair Hours

Thursday, August 24: 6:00 PM – midnight
Commercial and non-profit booths close at 11:00 PM

Friday, August 25: 6:00 PM – midnight
Commercial and non-profit booths close at 11:00 PM

Saturday, August 26: 12:00 noon – midnight
Commercial and non-profit booths close at 11:00 PM

Sunday, August 27: 12:00 noon – 11:00 PM
Commercial and non-profit booths and agricultural areas close between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM.

Hours & info from the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair website.

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