As we’re approaching fall, New Hampshire’s agricultural fairs will soon be here. The state boasts dozens of fairs; here are the three that many consider to be the best:
The Hopkinton State Fair is usually Labor Day weekend. This year it runs from Thursday August 30th through Monday September 3rd; the fairgrounds are located on Route 103 in Contoocook near the Hopkinton High School. The fair will have one of the largest livestock exhibits in New England, a farmyard animal petting area, home and garden exhibits, and horse and pony wagon rides. Other entertainment will include comedians, bands, truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby, and New England biggest carnival midway. Hours: Thursday through Sunday 8AM – 11PM; Monday 8AM – 5PM. Their website is full of information to entice you to attend.
This year’s Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair will be held from Friday September 7th through Sunday September 9th. It will be at 15 Hill Dale Lane, off of State Route 13, in New Boston. Hours: Friday Noon to 6; Saturday 8AM to 6PM; Sunday 9AM to 5:30. A true county aggie fair, with many classes for 4-Hers and farmers; cooking, quilting, and photography contests; cow, sheep, rabbit, and goat shows; horse log skidding, oxen pulling, and lawn mower and tractor pulls. For entertainment there will be amusement rides, square dancing, and many country bands, featuring the Jimmy Lehoux Band. For a schedule of events and more details click here.
Winding up the fair season is the Deerfield Fair, which will run from Thursday September 27th through Sunday the 30th at the fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road (State Route 43) in Deerfield. Its hours will be: Thursday – Saturday 8AM – 10PM; Sunday 8AM – 7PM. The granddaddy of aggie fairs celebrates 136 years this fall. Numerous livestock shows and educational 4-H programs fill all the hours of the fair. For entertainment, there will be puppeteers, magicians, clowns, singers, country bands, the Flying Wallendas Family Circus, midway rides, pig scrambles, and horse, tractor, and antique tractor pulls. Campsites are available. You can find the Deerfield Fair “Information Menu” by clicking here.
There are many other agricultural fairs in New Hampshire. For a list and links to more information, see the “Visit NH” website.