RUTLAND Vermonts state and county fair season is underway. Topping the list is, of course, Rutlands very own award-winning Vermont State Fair which will be held Aug. 29Sept. 7. The state fair held in Rutland began on Sept. 24, 1846. Agricultural events then and now included horse and cattle shows and exhibits, farm museums, horse, pony and ox pulling contests, ox shows, sheep and goat shows, horse shows, 4H building events, a sugar house and dairy center, forestry activities, fish and game programs, and a pet and poultry building. This year, the state fair celebrates its 163rd year. Gov. Jim Douglas, who apparently enjoyed last years fair performance of the Canadian Mounties, was so thrilled to hear that the policemen are returning to the fair, that he wrote fair officials a letter expressing his pleasure; the letter appears on the fairs official website. The Vermont State Fair includes many free shows for attendees to enjoy: this year, look for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Rosaires Racing Pigs, Eudora Farms Petting Zoo, Magic of Lance Gifford and Co., Horses, Horses, Horses, Galaxy Girl, and the Tiger Show and Circus. Internationally recognized Coleman Brothers will provide the fairs midway shows this year. For more details and program times, see www.vermontstatefair.net. There are other Vermont fairs to come in the 2008 fair season: Lamoille County Field Days, July 2527, Route 100 C, Johnson. Antique tractor pull, Vermont pedal pull championship, street stock truck pull, maple center, animal barn. Pownal Valley Community Fair, July 26 (one day only) at the Pownal Fire House. Featuring kids games, exhibit hall, tractor pulls, bingo, crafts, music, dancing, pig roast, food, fireworks and entertainment. Admission is free. Franklin County Field Days, July 31, Aug. 13, in Highgate. Agricultural and 4-H displays and cattle shows, crafts, games, rides, music, tractor and horse pulling, antique tractor pull, draft horse show and ox pulling, demolition derby. Addison County Fair and Field Days, Aug. 59, New Haven. Cattle, horse, goat, miniature donkey and sheep shows; tractor pulls, ox, pony and horse pulling. Orleans County Fair, Aug. 1317, in Barton. Horse, pony and ox pulling 4-H exhibits and contests, cattle, sheep, rabbit and poultry competition, arts and crafts, Grange exhibits, midway, harness racing, stage shows, demo derby, coin and pig scrambles, petting zoo, antique tractor pull, 4 x 4 pull, horse shows, antique exhibits.. Deerfield Valley Farmers Day Exhibition, Aug. 21 24, in Wilmington. Celebrating its 91st year with full midway with rides, truck and horse pulls, ox pulls, farm exhibits, horse show, childrens activities, exhibit halls, sawing competition, pie eating contest, livestock competition. Demo Derby and midway. Caledonia County Fair, Aug. 2024, in Lyndonville. Celebrating 163 years of tradition with agriculture, floral, maple, poultry, rabbit and 4-H exhibits. Bondville Fair, Aug. 22-24, in Bondville. Agricultural displays and contest; quilt show and exhibit; crafts; rides and games; live free entertainment; bingo; horse, ox, antique tractor, garden tractor, ATV and truck pulling. Champlain Valley Fair, Aug 23Sept. 1, Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. Named a Top 100 American Bus Association Event in 2008 and the Top Agricultural Fair by the International Association of Fairs and Expos in 2006. Tunbridge Worlds Fair, Sept. 1114, in Tunbridge. Old-fashioned agricultural fair in rural setting. The Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival, Sept. 6-7, in Essex Junction. A special two-day event for animal and wool enthusiasts. South Hero Applefest and Craft Show, Oct. 11-12, in South Hero. Vermonts largest apple festival.