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Biggest Agricultural Fairs in New England

Meet me at the fair! Here are the biggest agricultural fairs in New England, featuring crafts, contests, music, food, pageants, rides, and more!

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Agricultural fairs in New England and throughout the country are synonymous with things like livestock competitions, handmade crafts, feats of strength, toe-tapping music, deliciously caloric food, beauty pageants, carnival rides, and a bustling Midway that comes alive with bright color when the sky turns dark. New England boasts many fairs — from state, to country, to a fair as large as the “Big E” (Eastern States Exposition), but they all fall under the agricultural category.

For space’s sake, here’s a list of the biggest fairs in each state, but we hope you’ll share your favorite fair in the comments!

Biggest Agricultural Fairs in New England

Biggest Agricultural Fairs in New England

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BIGGEST AGRICULTURAL FAIRS IN NEW ENGLAND

WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR
Richmond, Rhode Island

Featuring daily concerts, special acts and events, a giant midway and kiddy land area (including New England’s largest traveling roller coaster), agricultural events and shows, exhibits and displays, tractor and horse pulls, the farm museum, and more! washingtoncountyfair-ri.com

VERMONT STATE FAIR
Rutland, Vermont

Celebrating agriculture since 1846! Reach new heights on the Ferris wheel, thrill to the action of the demolition derby, try your luck at games of chance, ride the carousel, enjoy 4-H livestock shows, indulge in some tasty treats (fried dough, anyone?), and more! vermontstatefair.net

THE BIG E
West Springfield, Massachusetts

The Big E is the sixth largest agricultural fair in the country, and the largest in New England. Featuring Avenue of the States, Butter Sculpture, contests, rides, endless selections of food, shopping, top entertainment and musical acts, cheese competition, agricultural events and competitions, and much, much, more. You’ve got to visit to believe it! thebige.com

SEE MORE: Opening Day at the Big E | New England’s Largest Agricultural Fair

DURHAM FAIR
Durham, Connecticut

Featuring top entertainment, crafts on the Green, carnival rides and games on the Midway (including the Super Coaster), first-class animal competitions and discovery events on the Corn Stalk Stage, lots to eat, exhibits showcasing livestock, fruits, vegetables, art, crafts, baking, needlework, photography, and more! durhamfair.com

DEERFIELD FAIR
Deerfield, New Hampshire

Featuring tractor pulls, livestock pulls and exhibitions, a demolition derby, the Ms. Deerfield Fair pageant, rides, artisans, your favorite fair food, and 4-H exhibits. A New Hampshire family fair tradition since 1876! deerfieldfair.com

FRYEBURG FAIR
Fryeburg, Maine

Featuring an impressively large display of oxen and ox competitions, plus livestock shows, harness racing, horse pulling, antique farm equipment displays and demonstrations, gardening and cooking contests and displays, a petting zoo, live musical acts, amusement rides, food, and more! fryeburgfair.com

SEE MORE: Scenes From The Fryeburg Fair | Photographs

Which of our picks for the biggest agricultural fairs in New England is your favorite? Do you go for the food? The animals? The rides and games? Let us know!

This post was first published in 2013 and has been updated. 

Comments
  • The Brooklyn Fair in Brooklyn, Ct is the oldest continuously running agricultural fair in the country.

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  • We received a wonderful placard from Yankee Magazine indicating that our fair was included in this information, Hopkinton State Fair is a wonderful Labor Day Weekend fair, full of our local 4-H children and their exhibits, local and regional entertainment, a fantastic mid-way show and much much more. Please plan to include us when planning to visit New Hampshire over Labor Day this year.

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  • Bethlehem Fair, Bethlehem, CT – always the weekend following Labor Day weekend.

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  • i wondered why The Topsfield Fair wasn’t included. Isn’t it the oldest fair in the country? I think it is.

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  • You did not mention the CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FAIR..VERMONT’S BIGGEST & BEST FAIR. Located in EssexnJct.
    VT. it has lots of animals, horseshows, cattle shows? Sheep shows, farm to table dinner, craft, art shows, great concerts, terrific rides & the list goes on & on. Come by for a visit. There’s much more!!

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  • Hi Ingrid. We agree the Topsfield Fair is great, but since we had to limit this list to just one big fair per state, it’s hard to argue that any MA fair is bigger than the Big E!

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  • Woodstock Fair in Woodstock, CT. Labor Day weekend. Favorite event is the antique tractor pull on Friday night- just a stone boat on dirt with concrete blocks, nothing fancy, and lots of local people with nice machines, many of which are still used day to day. http://www.woodstockfair.com. Might also be bigger than some on this list by attendance and/or physical size…

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  • My favorite fair is still the one from my hometown; I always spent the last week of my summer vacation at the Champlain Valley Fair. :) And my house was so close to the fairgrounds that I could hear the live concerts–no need for tickets!

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  • Where does the Marthas Vineyard Ag Fair rank in this mix. I just loved it this year. Lots of stuff and my son played in the band which provided music. What is your grading on this? Obama was there?

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