Southern New Hampshire Life

Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor

Southern New Hampshire Life - Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor

The Hillsborough County Fair

The 56th Annual Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair will be held from Friday September 6th through Sunday the 8th. This is a true county aggie fair, but there are many programs that will inform and entertain the many townies in Hillsborough County too.

Some highlights of the Fair are The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-in on Friday, square dancing on Saturday, and a program featuring horticulturist Margaret Hagen, well-known from her appearances on WMUR Channel 9, on Sunday.

Cow at a fair

There will be many classes for 4-Hers and farmers; cooking, quilting, wood carving, fruit, vegetable, and photography contests; cow, sheep, rabbit, dog, and goat shows; horse log skidding; and horse, oxen, lawn tractor, and truck pulls.  This year there will also be demonstrations by the New Hampshire School of Falconry.

Some of the more popular competitions include the pie eating, horseshoe throwing, and pumpkin weighing contests. Other entertainment ranges from midway amusement rides and Mo the Clown to the Cowboy Mounted Shooters and many musical groups, including the Tammy Lynn Myles High Band and the Barn Fire Band.

Carousel at a fair

The Hillsborough County Fair will be at 15 Hill Dale Lane, off of State Route 13, in New Boston. Hours:  Friday Noon to 6; Saturday 9AM to 7PM; Sunday 9AM to 6PM.  General admission: $ 10/day; children 6-12, seniors 65+, active military and veterans: $ 5/day. For more details and a schedule of the Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair click here.

The 98th Annual Hopkinton State Fair

This year the Hopkinton State Fair will run from Thursday August 29th through Monday September 2nd.  The fairgrounds are located on Route 103 in Contoocook, near the Hopkinton High School.  Horse at a fair

The fair will have one of the largest livestock exhibits in New England, 4-H exhibits, a farmyard animal petting barn, home and garden exhibits, and horse and pony wagon rides. Other entertainment will include comedians, bands, a magic show, truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby, a sand sculpture competition, and New England’s biggest carnival midway.A Midway ride


The Fair hours will be: Thursday through Sunday 8AM – 11PM; Monday 8AM – 5PM.  The Midway will open at Noon on Thursday and Friday and at 10AM on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  The Fair’s website has a full schedule of events and all the details you will need to make your visit to the Hopkinton State Fair a memorable one.  To purchase your tickets in advance online, click here.

The 75th Annual Cheshire Fair

The theme for this year’s Cheshire Fair is “Love What’s Old – See What’s New.” The Fair runs from Wednesday July 31st through Sunday August 4th.

The Cheshire Fair is one of the largest festivals of its type in the area, with five activity-filled days. The fairground opens at 8AM every morning.  Each day will be filled with animal shows and contests, educational seminars, and shows by comedians, musicians, and other entertainers.  And – of course – the Midway!

Ten demonstration gardens will be on display, including a patio garden, hydroponic garden, and an herb alley.  The Cheshire Fair Horse Show starts Friday August 2nd at 2PM and continues through Sunday afternoon August 4th.

Saturday at Noon will be the Fair Parade.  Special Grandstand activities are: Thursday evening – Battle of the Bands; Friday and Saturday afternoons – 4×4 Truck Pulls; and Sunday afternoon –  Demolition Derby.  A full schedule of Fair events is available on the Fair’s website.

The first day of the Fair will end with fireworks at 9PM.  Thursday through Saturday the last activity starts at 7PM; on Sunday the Lumber Jills end the Fair with their 6PM show.

The Fair will be at the Cheshire Fair Grounds at 247 Monadnock Highway in Swanzey.  Tickets to the Cheshire Fair may be purchased in advance by calling 603-357-4740; children 4 and younger are admitted free.  There are additional charges for Grandstand events and Midway activities. Some campsites are also available. For more information on tickets, click here.

The 46th Annual Stratham Fair

For almost 50 years, the Stratham Fair has been the first agricultural fair of the season. This year it will be held Thursday through Sunday, July 18th – 21st at Stratham Hill Park, Route 33 (Portsmouth Avenue) in Stratham.

There will be activities for every member of the family. Every day will be filled with many agricultural demonstrations and shows. Some of the contests include rabbit hurdling, ox and horse pulling, pie eating, and goat milking. Like many country fairs, the Stratham Fair will have rabbit, poultry, sheep, livestock, and plant judging – and many more.  There will be carnival rides, a midway, and special children’s activities too.

Entertainers include funnyman Wacky Chad and the talented Flying High Frisbee Dogs.  The musicians and singers that are performing include: Tom Dixon, Nicole Murphy, Jamie Lee Thurston, Jillian Cardarelli, Zach Lockwood, the Funky Divas, The New Englanders, and the Jandee Lee Porter Band.

The special highlights of the fair will be the Miss Stratham Fair contest on Friday evening, the Stratham Fair Road Race on Saturday morning, and the Finale Fireworks Sunday night.

The Fair has scheduled a preopening breakfast at 7 – 9AM on Thursday, followed by the exhibits opening at 10AM.  Fair activities will be held Thursday 10AM – 10PM, Friday 8:30AM – 10PM, Saturday 7AM – 10PM, and Sunday 10AM – 10PM. Click here for a full schedule.

The Stratham Fair is the major fundraising event for the Stratham Volunteer Fire Department. There is an admission charge, but discounts are available, with special discount days for grandparents, the military, Stratham residents, and groups.  Restrictions apply; see this webpage for ticket details.