Festivals, Events & Fairs

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Keene Pumpkin Festival

Each year, Keene residents and other citizens from around the area attempt to amass the largest number of lit jack-o'-lanterns in one place, trying to meet or beat the world record. It all started in 1991: The first festival produces 600 jack-'o lanterns. In 2009, an incredible 29,762 Pumpkins lined the streets in Keene.

Visit pumpkinfestival.com for more information on this event, as well as photos & history of festivals past, and much more halloween fun.

TEAM Scarecrows On the Common - Jaffrey

TEAM Jaffrey's signature downtown event is held annually (early to mid- October)  and features scarecrow building on the Library lawn, games, food, face painting, and so much more! Scarecrows on the Common arrive the Saturday of Columbus Day Weekend each year.

Visit www.teamjaffrey.org/Specialevents.html for more information.

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Keene's Ice & Snow Festival

This festival, presented by the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, runs each February in downtown Keene. Some festivities include: ice art, a snowball throwing clinic, horse-drawn wagon rides, a fire truck display, food, and entertainment.

For more information on future Ice & Snow Festivals visit www.facebook.com/pages/Keene-NH-Ice-Snow-Festival/249483592152

Keene Music Festival

The Keene Music Festival began in the summer of 2001. Bands and Solo Performers play a wide variety of music on five stage locations and three sidewalk areas.

The Festival traditionally takes place in September, for more information go to keenemusicfestival.org.

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TEAM Jaffrey's Riverfest: A Community Event

This day-long event, typically takes place the last Saturday of July and features an Artisan Fair, "Musical Chairs on Main," affordable food, entertainment, free hands-on activities for children, and a bustling showcase of our region's business and non-profit partners. Designed to shine a spotlight on Jaffrey's vibrant downtown, and to foster community pride, Riverfest is attended by hundreds of families from within and beyond Jaffrey who all enjoy the day's activities along the bend of the Contoocook River.

For more information visit www.teamjaffrey.org/Specialevents.html

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Winchester's Pickle Festival

This event is an old-fashioned town fair. The Winchester’s annual Pickle Festival is fun for all. Downtown Winchester becomes the fairgrounds, with Main Street (Route 10) the parade route. Kids march along with the parade, which features local pickle-themed floats, plenty of pickle costumes and marching bands. Along the route are craftsmen (many demonstrating), food booths, and a lively competition among local cooks for the best jar of pickles. There are free pickles for everyone.

Live music goes on all day, with everything from blues and country-western to a barbershop quartet and violin ensemble.

This festival is usually held in September. For more information visit the festival's Facebook page.

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Agricultural Fairs In NH

Belknap County 4-H Fair

(603) 286-3213
Held each August
Animal exhibits/judging, tractor pulls, food, children’s entertainment and live music.
Directions: Belknap County 4-H Fairgrounds, Bishop Road.

Cheshire Fair

(603) 357-4740
Held each August
Music, pony-pulling, crafts, animal shows, children’s activities, midway rides.
Directions: Cheshire Fairgrounds, Route 12 South.

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Deerfield Fair

(603) 463-7421
Held each September
Animal shows, cattle pull, tractor pulls, woodsmen contest, children’s activities, music, midway rides.
Directions: Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road.

Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair

New Boston
(603) 487-3837
Held each September
Tractor pull, children’s shows, 4-H shows, log-skidding.
Directions: 4-H Youth Center, Route 13 from Goffstown to New Boston.

Hopkinton State Fair

(603) 746-4191
Held in late August / early September
Midway rides, tractor pull, demolition derby, lumberjack show, livestock shows/judging, Kiddieland.
Directions: Hopkinton State Fairgrounds, Interstate-89 to Exit 7.

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Rochester Fair

(603) 332-6585
Held each September
4-H displays, animals, draft horses, lumberjack competition, a midway, tractor pulls, rodeo and music.
Directions: Rochester Fairgrounds, Route 101E to 125N or Route 202 from Concord.

Agricultural Fairs In VT

Deerfield Valley Farmer’s Day Fair

(802) 319-0117
Held each August
Midway rides, agricultural exhibits, cattle/sheep/horse shows/judging, tractor pulls, crafts, live entertainment, demo derby.
Directions: Baker Field, Route 9W to Beaver St.

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Guilford Fair

(802) 257-0316
Held each September
Live music, carnival rides, crafts, children’s games, animal exhibits/judging.
Directions: Guilford Fairgrounds, Route 91 to Exit 1, Weatherhead Hollow Road

Vermont State Fair

(802) 775-5200
Held each September
Live music, carnival rides, demo derby, horse pulls, truck show, animal exhibits and more.
Directions: South Main Street, Rutland.

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Agricultural Fairs In MA

“The Big E” Eastern States Exposition Fair

West Springfield
(413) 737-2443
Held each September
Agricultural exhibits, animal shows, live entertainment, Mardi Gras parade, rides and Avenue of States.
Directions: I-91S to Exit 13B. 1305 Memorial Avenue (Route 147)

Franklin County Fair

(413) 774-4282
Held each September
Agricultural exhibits, animal and craft shows, circus performers, demo derby, live entertainment, rides.
Directions: Route 9W to I-91S to Exit 26. 2A to Wisdom Way.

Old Deerfield Fall Craft Fair

(413) 774-7476 ext. 18
Held multiple times throughout the year
Craft exhibits and demonstrations, tours of historic village and museum and American Girl tea parties.
Directions: Route 9W to I-91S to Exit 25.