Biggest Agricultural Fairs in New England
More than just animals, agricultural fairs are also synonymous with crafts, contests, music, food (lots of food!) , pageants, rides, and a bustling Midway that comes alive with bright color when the sky turns dark. New England boasts many fairs — from state, to country, to a fair as large as the “Big E” (Eastern States Exposition), but they all fall under the agricultural category. Here are the biggest agricultural fairs in New England — one per state.
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Addison County, VT
August 7 – 11, 2012
Featuring children’s barnyard, cattle judging, tractor pulls, kiddie rides, crafts, exhibits, live entertainment, pony and ox pulling, midway, parade, youth activities, and Vermont products dinner.
Washington County Fair, RI
August 15 – 19, 2012
Featuring daily concerts, special acts and events, a giant midway and kiddy land area (including New England’s largest traveling roller coaster), agricultural events and shows, exhibits and displays, tractor and horse pulls, the farm museum, and more!
The Big E, MA
Sept 14 – 30, 2012
The Big E is the sixth largest agricultural fair in the country, and the largest in New England. Featuring Avenue of the States, Butter Sculpture, contests, rides, endless selections of food, shopping, top entertainment and musical acts, cheese competition, agricultural events and competitions, and much, much, more. You’ve got to visit to believe it!
Durham Fair, CT
September 27 – 30, 2012
Featuring top entertainment, crafts on the Green, carnival rides and games on the Midway (including the Super Coaster), first-class animal competitions and discovery events on the Corn Stalk Stage, lots to eat, exhibits showcasing livestock, fruits, vegetables, art, crafts, baking, needlework, photography and more!
September 27 – 30, 2012
Featuring tractor pulls, livestock pulls and exhibitions, a demolition derby, the Ms. Deerfield Fair pageant, vendors, artisans, food and 4-H exhibits.
September 30 – October 7, 2012
Featuring an impressively large display of oxen and ox competitions, plus livestock shows, harness racing, horse pulling, antique farm equipment displays and demonstrations, gardening and cooking contests and displays, a petting zoo, live musical acts, amusement rides, food, and more!