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.

Scarecrows On the Common - Jaffrey

The Scarecrows on the Common festival is held annually on the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend. The event included the scarecrow building, children’s games, art, food, an apple pie baking contest and more.

Jaffrey’s signature event, Scarecrows on the Common, brings thousands of people to downtown Jaffrey each year.

Visit www.jaffreycommons.org 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 visist www.keenechamber.com/iceandsnow.html

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 www.keenemusicfestival.com.

Home Show

Brought to you by The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Southwestern N.H. The Home Show takes place at the Cheshire Fair grounds.

Exhibitor information can be found at: www.homeflowerandgardenshow.com

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Jaffrey's Riverfest: A Community Event

Held annually the last Saturday in July, featuring an Artisan Fair, “Musical Chairs on Main”, food, entertainment, promotions by businesses and local non profits, and much more.

For more information visit www.jaffreycommons.org

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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

Belmont
(603) 286-3213
www.bc4hfair.org
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

Swanzey
(603) 357-4740
www.cheshirefair.com
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

Deerfield
(603) 463-7421
www.deerfieldfair.com
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
http://hcafair.com
www.nhfairs.com
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

Contoocook
(603) 746-4191
www.hsfair.org
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

Rochester
(603) 332-6585
www.rochesterfair.com
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

Wilmington
(802) 319-0117
www.dvfair.com
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

Guilford
(802) 257-0316
www.guilfordfairvt.com
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

Rutland
(802) 775-5200
www.vermontstatefair.net
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
www.thebige.com
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

Greenfield
(413) 774-4282
www.fcas.com
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

Deerfield
(413) 774-7476 ext. 18
www.deerfield-craft.org
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.