This Saturday, Aug. 29 starts Vermont's largest and most luscious affair -- the Champlain Valley Fair that runs through Sept. 7. Ten full days of thrilling rides, sizzling foods, the region's biggest concerts and plenty of shopping abound. Tons of free entertainment for all ages, horse shows, competitive exhibits, and midway offer day-long excitement. Big names such as Kelly Clarkson, Chicago, Kid Rock, and Brad Paisley head to Essex Junction to belt out some tunes. The Champlain Valley Fair is open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight. Check out the packed schedule online. Adults (13 and older) pay $13, children 5-12 pay $5, and 4 and under are free.