A Shark Show Brings Bite to the Champlain Valley Fair

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Published August 30, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

Draft horses. Dairy cows. Racing pigs. They’re all animals you’d expect to find at the Champlain Valley Fair. But this year, a surprising aquatic addition has joined the barnyard menagerie: a trio of nurse sharks.


At 12:30 p.m. on Monday, spectators lined metal bleachers in a shady corner of the Essex Junction fairgrounds in advance of the first of three “Live Shark Encounter” shows of the day. The sharks, sporting whisker-like appendages that resembled fangs, floated languidly on the bottom of a long, rectangular tank, as Muzak versions of Bob Marley tunes played from speakers.

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