More than just the natural beauty of the waters and lush landscapes, Maui also hosts one of the most wonderful Hawaii events that are annually celebrated in the Hawaiian Island Chain – the Maui County Fair. On October 3 to 6, 2019, the community will come together for a weekend filled with lively fun and colors that comes with this annual fair. And while this event is a drive away from your oceanfront vacation rental, we can assure you that it is a worthwhile Maui experience!
97 Years of Historical Fun
Now in its 97th year, the Maui County Fair is one of the much-awaited events on the island. This fair has something to offer for just about everyone, as it features a lot of fun-filled activities, exhibits, entertainment, multicultural food and drink, and contests, all of which will fill its guests with joy. As annually observed, the fair will kick off with the largest traditional parade in Maui on October 3. The following days, October 4 to 6, the celebrations will continue with a mixture of rides, entertainment, and amazing island food!
Family Fun Under the Sun
As a symbol of fun family tradition on the island, the Maui County Fair is perfect for guests of all ages. With its colorful rides and sights, you will surely enjoy everything that this fair has to offer, no matter if you are a local or a visitor. As a family-oriented celebration, this county fair is made to be an alcohol-free, drug-free and smoke-free educational event that everyone will enjoy going to.
The whole family would love to go on the fair rides and entertainment available, ranging from the Zipper and the Music Express in the E.K. Fernandez Joy Zone, as well as live music, and comedy acts. There’s also a Better Living tent, selling goods like rice bag clothing and gourd art, as well as the Livestock and Poultry exhibit.
Memorable Activities and Attractions
Apart from the exciting rides and entertaining showcases, the Maui County Fair’s highlights also include the many local favorites that visitors can find within its food court. Sumptuous selections include Hawaiian “Pipi” Stew, chow fun, Pateles, Portuguese bean soup, malasadas, sushi, manju, and chili and rice.
And as annually held, you would not want to miss out on the Maui Fair’s chili cookoff, headed by the island’s firemen. Another much-awaited food competition is the fair’s pie contest, where some of the best dessert chefs in Maui showcase their baking talents to bring to life their best pie recipes.
Another amazing competition that the Maui County Fair holds is the School Art Exhibit where around 400 entries are submitted each year, including various artworks made using different medium: paintings, drawings, computer graphics, prints, ceramics, and woodwork. Fairgoers also enjoy the Photo Salon, wherein artworks in color, black-and-white, and digitized formats are being featured.
And for the plant lovers, the Horticulture showcase will be a great exhibit to visit, with a wide variety of plants, flowers, fruits, and vegetables that can be grown in Maui are displayed. This exhibit also showcases a selection of beautiful orchids in the Orchidland.
Great Fundraising Opportunity for Organizations
With an expected 90,000 in attendance at the 97th Maui Fair, this annual event is the primary source of funding for many of Maui’s nonprofit and community organizations. The event relies entirely on corporate and local business sponsorships and volunteers for support. From its beginnings in 1916, the Maui Fair has become a timeless tradition. So if you are looking for a way to give back to the community, you can do it by supporting Maui’s most favorite tradition.
Feel like joining for one of the best family-friendly activities celebrated on Maui? Then head out to Wailuku, Maui on October 3 to 6 to witness one of the greatest attractions in the islands which have become an annual tradition to many fairgoers. You can also get involved with this timeless community tradition by becoming a sponsor.
Not from Maui but want to join in on the festivities while on your Hawaii vacation? Take advantage of staying in the best places to stay in West Maui by booking one of the 2 to 3 beachfront condos for rent at Kahana Village. Get ready to feel relaxed and invigorated as you enjoy the beautiful island sunsets and everything else that Hawaii has to offer.