172nd Franklin County Fair opens Thursday

Franklin County

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Franklin County Fair opens their gates to the public Thursday afternoon!

The rides are at the ready, the goats are in their pen, and the food tents are all set up.

“We’re expecting a massive turnout this weekend. People have really been waiting for this day to come,” said Michael Nelson, President of the Franklin County Agricultural Society. Nelson said people have literally been working around the clock this week, ready to uphold a tradition that’s been in place since 1848.

Steve DeJoy, the entertainment director, said they’ve used this two year hiatus to make some improvements, “The amount of vendors we have this year seems to be a lot more than we’ve had in the past.”

Masks are recommended if you’re on the fairgrounds but they’re only required if you’re inside the buildings. Hand sanitizer stations will be throughout the grounds and Michael said they’re offering masks if people need them.

However with tickets at the ready, Michael said he’s looking forward to seeing the joy on people’s faces all weekend long, “I’m a fifth generation that’s been involved in this fair in some capacity and it’s really just a life long excitement to be apart of it.”

Gates open at 3:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon, 10 a.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $7 to $10 and children under 8 enter free.

22News is a proud sponsor of the fair and they’re hoping this weekend will break records.

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