200th Anniversary of the American Agricultural Fair in the Berkshires

200th Anniversary of the Modern American Fair
& Founding of the Berkshire Agricultural Society

The “father of U.S Agricultural fairs,” Elkanah Watson, exhibited his two Merino sheep beneath an Elm tree in the public square in Pittsfield in the fall of 1807, drew an admiring crowd and sowed the seeds for the development of the modern American Fair. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

The first ever agricultural fair in the US took place in Pittsfield’s Park Square!  On Friday, Nov. 4th, there will be a bicentennial celebration of the fair, complete with demonstrations, historical reenactments, animals, and exhibits- all to teach visitors about the history behind the modern American fair.  Fairs play an important role in our culture (especially rural culture)- they are celebrations of all things local and provide spaces in which to showcase farming, gardening, crafting, etc.  The bicentennial fair, which is also part of Pittsfield 250th birthday celebrations, will begin at 4pm and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs Association.  For more information, call 413-205-5019.

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