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Are You Ready for the West Tisbury Agricultural Fair?

West Tisbury Agricultural FairHere at Sandpiper Rentals, we know that summertime on Martha’s Vineyard is a truly special time of year. The weather is perfect for going to the beach and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the area’s fresh seafood. If you’re going to be on The Vineyard during the summer, make sure you make time to go to the West Tisbury Agricultural Fair. This annual fair is the perfect place to indulge in some old-fashioned fun with rides, live entertainment, agricultural contests, great food and more. The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society is responsible for the fair each year, and it’s a good time for everyone involved. So, be sure to plan a trip to Martha’s Vineyard for the West Tisbury Agricultural fair in August.

About the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society

Founded in 1859, the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society has the mission of promoting “the pursuit of agriculture, horticulture, land conservation, youth activities, mechanic and domestic arts and encourages the raising and improving of plant and animal stock and the sale of island-grown produce and flowers at local farmer’s markets.” There are more than 1000 seasonal and year-round members in the society who participate in carrying out that mission. The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society is best known for the annual agricultural fair. The society is located in the town of West Tisbury on a 21-acre site at the Panhandle.

2015 West Tisbury Agricultural Fair

This year’s West Tisbury Agricultural Fair will be the 154th fair and will take place on August 20th through August 23rd at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society on Panhandle Road in West Tisbury. The fair will be open on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd from 10 am until 11 pm and on the 23rd from 10 am until 7 pm. Thousands of native islanders and visitors will come to the fair to take in the events and have a good time. The fair has many judged events that showcase individual talents and agricultural products. Events at the fair include horse pulls, shucking contests, fiddle contests, skillet toss, woodsmen competition, dog and livestock shows, and more. There will also be a fiber arts tent where you can explore locally made fibers and textiles as well finished goods. There will be a midway with rides provided by Cushing Amusements, a company with a reputation for safety. You won’t want to miss out on this summer tradition when you visit The Vineyard. It is an encapsulation of what summer should be and is a seriously fun event.

Staying on Martha’s Vineyard

When you’re making plans to visit the West Tisbury Agricultural Fair, make your accommodation arrangements with Sandpiper Rentals. Our luxurious yet affordable rentals are the perfect place to call your home-away-from-home while you’re on Martha’s Vineyard. With rental properties all around the island, you can choose which town you’d like to stay in and what attractions you’d like to be near. Our Martha’s Vineyard rental properties feature amenities like luxurious bathrooms and kitchens as well as waterfront views. When you’re visiting the island, there’s no better way to stay.

4th of July on Martha’s Vineyard




There is something magical being in New England on the 4th of July. There is something beyond magical to be on Martha’s Vineyard for the 4th. Perhaps it’s our small town atmosphere and our traditions that make me forget that I have stress and worries, and make me feel like I am in Mayberry momentarily. Ever since I was little a large group, including my family, friends, and their families, have always gone to the beach in the late afternoon on the 4th for a cookout, and to watch the fireworks over Edgartown harbor.



There is a dizzying amount of traditions to uphold on Independence Day. The biggest of all is the Edgartown Parade starting at precisely 5 pm, followed by a phantasmagorical display of fireworks at 9 pm. The parade starts at  the intersection of West Tisbury Road and Pinehurst Road, then winds its way through downtown Edgartown. As the parade ambles around each corner, you’ll be privy to veterans displaying their colors, floats themed around their organization, firetrucks flashing their lights and honking for the kids, animals, and even kilt-clad bagpipers (the debate is still up in the air if they are traditional bagpipers or not…). Please be advised that due to security reasons, they are shutting down Edgartown to traffic starting at 3 PM. I suggest either taking the bus, or parking at the Park and Ride on upper main street and walk into town. Handicap parking is available at the Edgartown Yacht Club.

Rising Tide Float

We hope you have a fantastic and memory filled 4th of July.

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Island of lights: Illumination on Martha’s Vineyard


It’s only fitting that the Grand Illumination in Cottage City, Oak Bluffs lands just days before President Obama and his family arrive for their Martha’s Vineyard vacation. Over a century ago, this wonderful tradition was created to welcome the Governor of Massachusetts to the island.


This Wednesday night, August 19, 2009, as the sun sets in Oak Bluffs, the gingerbread cottages at the old campmeeting grounds, hundreds of colorful Chinese and Japanese lanterns are lit – effectively ‘illuminating’ the houses, the ground, the ocean-salty air. Visitors and islanders, newcomers and old friends walk around the campgrounds and sit on porches chatting, enjoying and taking in the sights.


Music can be heard from the center of Cottage City as a Community Sing and a band concert happen in the Tabernacle -the ‘physical and spiritual center of the Campground.’ Built in 1879, the Tabernacle and the community hold weekly church services and many musical events all summer. It’s a beautiful place to listen to music – especially with the glow of lanterns surrounding and adding to the music!

For more information about the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association and the Grand Illumination, visit their website.

And to book the perfect Oak Bluffs rental, contact me!