A fair (archaic: fayre) is a gathering of people to display or trade produce or other goods, to parade or display animals and often to enjoy associated carnival or funfair entertainment. It is normally of the essence of a fair that it is temporary; some last only an afternoon while others may last as long as ten weeks. Activities at fairs vary widely. Some trade fairs are important regular business events where either products are traded between businesspeople, as at the Frankfurt Book Fair, where publishers sell book rights in other markets to other publishers, or where products are showcased to largely consumer attendees, as for example in agricultural districts where they present opportunities to display and demonstrate the latest machinery on the market to farmers.
Fairs are also known by many different names around the world, such as agricultural show, fête, county fair, exhibition or state fair, festival, market and show. Flea markets and auto shows are sometimes incorporated into a fair.
Other articles related to "fair, fairs":
... One example of this industry is the National Fair of Shoes held annually in Fenac ... This fair was started locally in 1963 held in a small neighbourhood convention centre ... Today, Fenac is not only home to this fair but also other related fairs such as Fimec (footwear machines exhibition), and Courovisão Ecovisão (Leather Fair) ...
... Some fairs were free others charged tolls and impositions ... At free fairs, traders, whether natives of the kingdom or foreigners, were allowed to enter the kingdom, and were under royal protection while travelling to and returning ... and impositions, tolls and servitudes merchants going to or coming from the fair could not be arrested, or have their goods stopped ...
... Ebernoe Horn Fair is held in the small Sussex village of Ebernoe, the location of which is about five miles north of Petworth (grid reference SU975280) ... The fair is held annually on Saint James's Day, 25 July ... Centuries ago horn fairs were boisterous events where cuckoldry and seduction would not be unknown ...
... The North Carolina State Fair is an annual fair and agricultural exposition held in Raleigh, North Carolina, and organized by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer ...
... St Martin, which allowed the village to hold an annual fair within five days of St Martins Day ... The fair, which in times past was a leading horse market and amusement fair, had been revived but the old-time custom of roasting a ram was replaced ...
Famous quotes containing the word fair:
“We must pronounce him fortunate who has ended his life in fair prosperity.”
—Aeschylus (525456 B.C.)
“Indeed, I believe that in the future, when we shall have seized again, as we will seize if we are true to ourselves, our own fair part of commerce upon the sea, and when we shall have again our appropriate share of South American trade, that these railroads from St. Louis, touching deep harbors on the gulf, and communicating there with lines of steamships, shall touch the ports of South America and bring their tribute to you.”
—Benjamin Harrison (18331901)
“Iron are our lives
Molten right through our youth.
A burnt space through ripe fields
A fair mouths broken tooth.”
—Isaac Rosenberg (18901918)