GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Franklin Country is welcoming back its annual fair for the 173rd year, but there could be some delays if you plan on attending.

The Franklin County Fair got underway Thursday afternoon, with gates opening up at 3:00 p.m. The big kickoff event included the annual parade which started at 5:00 p.m. The parade travels from Greenfield Middle School through Main Street and into the fairgrounds.

“It’s a great feeling, in September when everyone has come back to school, the apples are ready, people see people they haven’t seen in a year. You meet people, it’s a great place to hangout,” said Catherine Hilbert from Round House. “I hope everyone comes down to the fair and supports a local event. It’s a great time and were here every year, today’s opening day tickets are only $9, so its worth coming in and checking it out!”

People should plan ahead and give themselves a little more time to make sure they can enjoy a day at the fairgrounds. MassDOT announced that a section of Wisdom Way from the Green River Cemetery to the intersection of River Street and Mill Street will be closed in Greenfield due to ongoing construction.

In order to accommodate the Franklin County Fair, a detour will be in place Thursday through Sunday. Traffic will be diverted from River Street down Laurel Street to Fairfield Street.

To help people get to the fair, free parking and shuttle buses will be available on Saturday and Sunday. Pick-up locations are located at the Greenfield Parking Garage and the old Court House parking lot on Munson Street.

The shuttle will run continuously from 10:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M. both days. If you do plan on driving, reduce your speed and use caution.

Here are the opening times for the Franklin County Fair:

  • Thursday- Gates open at 3:00 P.M.
  • Friday – Gates open at 3:00 P.M.
  • Saturday – Gates open at 8:00 A.M.
  • Sunday – Gates open at 8:00 A.M.