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Old 08-24-2012, 06:06 AM
 
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Its that time of year again!

From August to October, all over New England we have different agricultural fairs. Filled with giant pumpkins, prize animals, horse shows, concerts, etc. Many of these fairs date back to the early 1800s. Popular ones include the Fryeburg Fair in Maine, Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts, and Deerfield Fair in New Hampshire.

Is this common in other parts of the country?
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:49 AM
 
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Yes.
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:03 PM
 
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In my opinion the best fair is the Common Ground Fair in Maine.

The Common Ground Country Fair

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Old 08-26-2012, 12:10 PM
 
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I think it's common all over the country and all over the world as these are harvest fairs and late summer and fall are harvest time.

The best fair I ever went to was hmmmm, I think it was in Hardwick MA or a town nearby. Best pies, delicious homemade food, small town atmosphere, genuine feel, good people, nice exhibits. They had antique cars. It didn't have that commercialized feel that so many fairs have now, it was like going back in time.

I don't care much for the Topsfield Fair as it's mostly country western performers and rides to go on.

Another great fair, if it's still there and still great was in CT right outside of Middletown. Can't remember the name of it but it was huge and really well done. Very small town very big fair.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:25 AM
 
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I think it's common all over the country and all over the world as these are harvest fairs and late summer and fall are harvest time.

The best fair I ever went to was hmmmm, I think it was in Hardwick MA or a town nearby. Best pies, delicious homemade food, small town atmosphere, genuine feel, good people, nice exhibits. They had antique cars. It didn't have that commercialized feel that so many fairs have now, it was like going back in time.

I don't care much for the Topsfield Fair as it's mostly country western performers and rides to go on.

Another great fair, if it's still there and still great was in CT right outside of Middletown. Can't remember the name of it but it was huge and really well done. Very small town very big fair.
Belchertown fair?

One of my favorites too, right there on the town common, no admission .
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:02 PM
 
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Belchertown fair?

One of my favorites too, right there on the town common, no admission .
No, it wasn't the Belchertown fair but it was nearby. A teeny tiny town fair--I mean the town was tiny, the fair was big. This was an authentic old time fair. It was like going back in time and the homemade food was to die for, pies and stuff. Belchertown fair was fried dough type food.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:14 PM
 
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250th Hardwick Community Fair - 2012

I'm almost positive it was this one. It's a small town fair, very small town fair. Might not be fun for people who prefer something that's more modern and commercialized because this one is the real thing and genuine. There were beautiful displays of vegetables and flowers in a white wooden building and there was something to eat that was the best thing I'd ever had in my life. I don't remember what that food was but it was homemade and not for people on diets. LOL
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:05 PM
 
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Fresh country food does not count when you are on a diet.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:54 PM
 
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The Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair...aka "Grange Fair", "The Great Grange Fair", or just "Grange" is located in tiny Centre Hall, PA. What started out as a picnic in 1874 has turned into a huge county fair like no other. Yes, people actually camp out at this fair in tents and campers and the wait list for a spot is near-ending. Supposedly it is the last one of its kind in America. The food is great, the people are friendly, top-name concerts are free, and prices are reasonable. Definitely one-of-a-kind!!

Grange Fair - Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair, Centre Hall, PA


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