Did You Know?

… that the Union Agricultural Society, doing business as the World’s Fair:

  • is a non-profit 501-c-5 agricultural end educational fair.
  • senior students from Hartford High come to help with physically challenged senior citizens on Friday
  • has been supported for infrastructure upgrades through matching grants from the State of Vermont for over 10 years especially for plumbing and electrical. Security lights have been added to the back of the track, and 4 new showers built for summer events and fair staff who stay on site during the fair. Also, new new manure pit set up, and water refill stations
  • provides over $30,000 in premiums, supported by a stipend from the Agency of Agriculture.
  • provides free space for volunteer fire department training.
  • puts flags up in town for Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.
  • donated the library building to the town, a gift valued at $50,000 in 1997.
  • contracts with Norwich cadets to work admissions in return for a substantial students training fund….25 years now
  • provides a well to service the town offices water supply.
  • The  Friends of the Tunbridge World’s Fair raised money to pay for 1)seasonal pedestrian bridge linking the fairgrounds to Sherlock’s Field. The ice storm of January 2010 damaged and washed away parts of the old wooden structure. The new bridge has steel footings and slides out across the First Branch in sections, and then had to be repaired significantly a few years ago;and 2) sets of aluminum bleachers built to current safety codes. And in 2012,the popular antique ice cream machine.
  • Although going  for over 140 years, the fair was incorporated in 1902 under the Union Agricultural Society which received the Vermont State Centennial Award in 2012 for non-profit businesses.

The Tunbridge World’s Fair is an agricultural non-profit, and all proceeds go back to the infrastructure, programs and projects on the grounds.