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Fair

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.

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Free Fairs
... 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 from the fair ... and servitudes merchants going to or coming from the fair could not be arrested, or have their goods stopped ...
Winterborne St Martin - History
... 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 once during an event ...
North Carolina State Fair
... 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 Services ...
Ebernoe Horn Fair
... 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 ...
Novo Hamburgo - Industry
... 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) ...

More definitions of "fair":

  • (noun): A traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc..
    Synonyms: carnival, funfair
  • (noun): A sale of miscellany; often for charity.
    Synonyms: bazaar
  • (adj): Showing lack of favoritism.
    Synonyms: impartial
  • (verb): Join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly.
  • (adj): Free of clouds or rain.
    Example: "Today will be fair and warm"
  • (adj): Free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; or conforming with established standards or rules.
    Example: "A fair referee"; "fair deal"; "on a fair footing"; "a fair fight"; "by fair means or foul"
    Synonyms: just
  • (noun): A competitive exhibition of farm products.
    Example: "She won a blue ribbon for her baking at the county fair"
  • (adj): More than adequate in quality.
    Example: "Fair work"
  • (adj): Very pleasing to the eye.
    Example: "Young fair maidens"
    Synonyms: bonny, bonnie, comely
  • (noun): Gathering of producers to promote business.
    Example: "World fair"; "trade fair"; "book fair"
  • (adj): Attractively feminine.
    Example: "The fair sex"
  • (adj): (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections.
    Example: "Fair copy"
    Synonyms: clean
  • (adj): Visually appealing.
    Example: "Our fair city"
    Synonyms: sightly
  • (adj): Of no exceptional quality or ability.
    Example: "Only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair health"
    Synonyms: average, mediocre, middling
  • (adv): In conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating.
    Synonyms: fairly, clean
  • (adj): (used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored.
    Example: "A fair complexion"
    Synonyms: fairish
  • (adj): (of a baseball) hit between the foul lines.
    Example: "He hit a fair ball over the third base bag"

Famous quotes containing the word fair:

    Most books belong to the house and street only, and in the fields their leaves feel very thin. They are bare and obvious, and have no halo nor haze about them. Nature lies far and fair behind them all. But this, as it proceeds from, so it addresses, what is deepest and most abiding in man. It belongs to the noontide of the day, the midsummer of the year, and after the snows have melted, and the waters evaporated in the spring, still its truth speaks freshly to our experience.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    While I believe that with a fair election in the South, our electoral vote would reach two hundred, and that we should have a large popular majority, I am yet anxious, as you are, that in the canvassing of results there should be no taint of dishonesty.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)

    He only fair, and what he fair hath made;
    All other fair, like flowers, untimely fade.
    Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)