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Jul 22, 2019








Stratham Fair. Courtesy photo.

 Stratham Fair 

Where: Stratham Hill Park, 157 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham
When: Thursday, July 19, 3 to 10 p.m., and Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
Cost: $10 for general admission, $5 for kids ages 6 through 12 and seniors age 65 and up, and free for kids under age 6. Unlimited rides wristbands are $25, available Thursday, Friday and Sunday. 
More New Hampshire fairs  
North Haverhill Fair 
When: Wednesday, July 25, through Sunday, July 29 
Where: 1299 Dartmouth College Highway, Haverhill 
Cost: $12 for general admission, free for kids age 12 and under 
Canterbury Fair 
When: Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
Where: Canterbury Center, 3 Center Road, Canterbury 
Cost: Free admission 
Cheshire Fair 
When: Thursday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 5 
Where: 247 Monadnock Highway, Swanzey 
Cost: $10 for general admission, $5 for kids ages 5 through 11, and free for kids age 4 and under 
Belknap County 4-H Fair 
When: Saturday, Aug. 11, and Sunday, Aug. 12 
Where: Mile Hill Road, Belknap 
Cost: $7 for general admission, free for kids under age 10  
Cornish Fair 
When: Friday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 19 
Where: 294 Town House Road, Cornish 
Cost: $10 for general admission, free for kids age 12 and under 
Lancaster Fair 
When: Thursday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 3
Where: 516 Main St., Lancaster 
Cost: For general admission, $15 on Thursday, Friday and Monday, and $17 on Saturday and Sunday; free for children under 36”; and for seniors age 70 and up, free on Thursday and Monday, and $10 Friday through Sunday.
Hopkinton State Fair 
When: Friday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 3 
Where: State Fairgrounds, Kearsarge Avenue, Contoocook 
Tickets: $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors age 60 and up, $8 for kids ages 3 through 12, and free for kids age 35 months and under and military. 
Rochester Fair 
When: Thursday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, Sept. 16 
Where: 72 Lafayette St., Rochester 
Cost: $9 for general admission, free for kids under age 8 
Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair 
When: Friday, Sept. 7, through Sunday, Sept. 9 
Where: 15 Hill Dale Lane, New Boston 
Cost: $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors, military, veterans and kids ages 6 through 12, and free for kids under age 6. 
Seacoast Extreme Country Fair 
When: Thursday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 16 
Where: New England Dragway, 280 Exeter Road, Epping 
Cost: $12 for general admission, $7 for kids ages 5 through 12, free for kids age 4 and under, $7 for military, $7 for seniors on Thursday and Friday and $10 for seniors on Saturday and Sunday. 
Deerfield Fair 
When: Thursday, Sept. 27, through Sunday, Sept. 30  
Where: Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road, Deerfield 
Cost: $10 for general admission, free for kids age 12 and under and military, and $7 for seniors age 65 and up on Thursday and Friday,  
Sandwich Fair 
When: Saturday, Oct. 6, through Monday, Oct. 8 
Where: 7 Wentworth Hill Road, Center Sandwich 
Cost: $10 for general admission, $3 for kids ages 8 through 12, free for kids age 7 and under, and $4 for seniors age 60 and up on Monday. 

Traditional fun
Stratham Fair kicks off fair season


 By Angie Sykeny
July through October is fair season in New Hampshire, and this year more than a dozen country fairs are scheduled to take place across the state. It all starts, as it has for many years, with the Stratham Fair, happening Thursday, July 19, through Sunday, July 22. 
Now in its 51st year, the Stratham Fair is one of the oldest country fairs in New England. You’ll find all the traditional fair fun: farm animals, amusement rides, live entertainment, tasty food and more. 
Two of the most long-standing events at the fair — the horse pull, held since the inaugural fair, and the oxen pull, held since the second fair — continue to draw large crowds. 
“The roots of the fair are based in agriculture, and we still give people the opportunity to see those traditional agricultural events, like a horse pull, and to see the animals up close,” fair entertainment coordinator Vicky Poland said. 
The local 4-H Youth Development Program will also have agricultural events each day, such as a rabbit show, a goat milking demonstration, a tractor driving contest, a working steer show, animal costume classes, a dairy calf obstacle course and more. 
“It’s a great experience to talk with the 4-H-ers,” Poland said. “They work really hard to take care of their animals year-round for this kind of event. They’re proud of their animals, and they love to talk about them.” 
There will be three stages with live entertainment. The Family Fun Stage will feature magic shows, kids’ music and the famous Stratham Fair Pie Eating Contest. At the Center Stage, local musicians and dance groups will perform. The Beer Tent Stage is the place for acoustic music, wine, hard cider and beer from this year’s featured brewer, Sea Dog Brewing Co. 
In addition to the food concessions, which will include burgers, fajitas, ice cream, lemonade and other fair favorites, there will be special meals: a chili dinner on Thursday, a lobster bake lunch on Saturday and a chicken barbecue on Sunday. 
New this year, there will be an artisan demonstration area where a leatherworker, a blacksmith and other artisans will sell their handmade products and demonstrate their crafts. 
“It’s just another way for people to see how things are made, and the traditions that have been around for many years and many generations,” Poland said. 
This will be the second year that the fair has had fireworks on opening night, and the first year that it will also have fireworks on closing night. 
“It’s an exciting thing to get people to come out and kick off the celebration with some fireworks, and now it will be a nice way to wrap things up and bring the community together,” Poland said. 

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