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8 Country Fairs in New England You Need to Check Out

It’s August and that can only mean one thing: Fair season!

Starting this month and extending through fall, New England plays host to some of the country’s best and biggest fairs. Check out below to find out which New England country fairs you want to visit this year.

Washington County Fair – Aug. 12-16

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Head over to Richmond to check out Rhode Island’s largest county fair. Ride New England’s largest traveling roller coaster or join the Battle of the Fishermen. And don’t miss the agricultural and livestock shows, exhibits, pulls of various natures, farm museum and more. Live entertainment includes Kristian Bush and Chris Cagle.

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Brooklyn Fair – Aug. 27-30

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Tucked into the northeastern corner of Connecticut, the Brooklyn Fair is worth the trip. This year’s headlining musical acts are Charlie Worsham, The Swon Brothers, Delta Generators and Aaron Tippon. The fair will also include trick riding for the first time and the return of racing and swimming pigs. Of course, there are plenty of home and garden exhibitions and contests as well. And, like any good country fair, a giant midway will be present.

Vermont State Fair – Sept. 5-12

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Find the Vermont State Fair in the city of Rutland. Daily entertainment includes a petting zoo, pony rides, the White Shadow and the Grizzly Experience. No good state fair would be complete without livestock shows, pulls and a demolition derby.

Hebron Harvest Fair – Sept. 10-13

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The Hebron Harvest Fair is one of Connecticut’s finest. David Nail headlines the country music showdown. Visitors can enjoy the PRCA ProRodeo, demolition derby, all sorts of motorized and non-motorized pulls, plus all the agriculture and livestock you can dream of. Don’t miss the annual bluegrass festival a month before, Aug. 6-9.

Big E – Sept. 18-Oct. 4

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The Big E is, without doubt, New England’s premier fair. Pride of West Springfield, Mass., it also happens to be the sixth-largest fair in the country. Walk down the Avenue of the States and try each state’s signature food. Visit the enormous midway. Shop. Eat. Drink. Watch one of the many performances, contests, parades or shows. And of course schedule your visit to see Alabama, Brett Eldredge or the Charlie Daniels Band.

Durham Fair – Sept. 24-27

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The largest fair in America run entirely by unpaid volunteers, the Durham Fair in Connecticut is a triumph. With a kids’ hangout, farm museum, midway, plant science, livestock and much more, the Durham Fair has everything you could ever want. Of special note are the redneck games, craftsman exhibits and the wine festival. Durham features one of the strongest lineups of any New England fairs: Martina McBride, Craig Morgan and Confederate Railroad headline.

Topsfield Fair – Oct. 2-12

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North of Boston is home to one of the the country’s longest-running fairs, the Topsfield Fair. Starting way back in 1818, this fair has done nothing but grow since, with hundreds of exhibitors, educational opportunities, a volunteer picnic, parades, monster trucks and of course much more. The Axe Women Loggers of Maine are sure to be a big hit this year. Wynonna performs.

Fryeburg Fair – Oct. 4-11

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With over 8,000 animals on the fairgrounds, the Fryeburg Fair on the western border of Maine offers unlimited country fair fun. The ox and oxen competitions are especially grand. Other attractions include the gardening and cooking displays and contests, rides and vendors. Clint Black and Mo Pitney perform.

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