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Maui Fair

"A Timeless Tradition" Sept. 24-30

September 6, 2012
The Maui Weekly

From its beginnings in 1916, the Maui Fair has become "A Timeless Tradition." It attracts locals and visitors alike to enjoy an alcohol-free, smoke-free and drug-free family-oriented educational event that features multicultural food, first-rate entertainment, E.K. Fernandez Joy Zone, plus horticulture, bonsai, livestock, homemaking, photo and art exhibits and competitions.

This year, the 5th Annual Robo Tech Maui Expo & Competition will again showcase the future of robotics and student achievements in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math and will continue to draw the young and old, as will the unique and innovative products in the Commercial Exhibitor and Hawaii Products & Services Tents.


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Maui Fair Pre-Sale Ticket Locations

The Fair opens with the traditional parade, which is also Maui's largest, on Thursday, Sept. 27, and will continue with rides, food, entertainment and more through the evening of Sunday, Sept. 30, at the fairgrounds in Wailuku. With attendance approaching 100,000, the Maui Fair is the primary source of funding for many of Maui's nonprofit and community organizations.

The Maui Fair is pleased to announce that Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa will serve as Honorary Fair Director this year.

"The Maui Fair has been a family tradition for generations," said Mayor Alan Arakawa. "It is an honor to be selected as fair director and I encourage everyone to go to our Maui Fair. There is no better place to support local nonprofits, spend time with the family and see friends and neighbors. Aloha, and see you at the fair!"

The fair director is an annual position, bringing fresh ideas and personalities to Maui's most longstanding tradition and working closely with longtime volunteer, Managing Director Sherri Grimes, who continues to handle the management side of the fair.


Advance tickets available at reduced prices

Maui Fair cashier Dancine Takahashi has announced that pre-sale tickets are available at reduced prices through Sept. 15. Pre-sale adult tickets are $5 ($7 at the gate; except for Sunday, when they're $5) and children's tickets (5 to 11 years old) are $2 ($3 at the gate). Keiki four years old and younger are admitted free.

Groups interested in selling entry tickets as a fundraiser may contact Dancine Takahashi at 264-2687 for more information.

For more information, contact: Carolyn Nishimura, Gilbert & Associates, at or 871-6230, ext.13; or Sherri Grimes, managing director at or 280.6889.

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It's not too late to secure a booth in the Hawai'i Products & Services Tent or Commercial Exhibit Tent at the 90th Maui Fair, taking place on from Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 27 to 30. This is an excellent opportunity for businesses to display and sell their products and services to a crowd that averages nearly 100,000 over the four days of the fair.

To apply for an exhibitor booth in the Hawai'i Products and Services Tent, email your interest to and include a photograph of your product. Your information will be reviewed and a packet will be sent to you (participation is by invitation only.)

Applications are available for download at

Application approval will be confirmed by notification from a Maui Fair representative.

All booths are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't delay.

The Maui Fair Administrative Office is also open for inquiries regarding booths, exhibit dates, general information or to pick up an application.

The office, located in the parking lot of the War Memorial Gymnasium in Kahului, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Lei Kihm at 242-2721 prior to visiting. The office fax number is 242-6934.



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