Connecticut is home to nearly 50 agricultural fairs held between the months of July and October, with the majority of these annual events clustered in the months of August and September. If you're in search of family entertainment and an opportunity to experience the bounty that is produced each year by Connecticut's farmers, you'll definitely want to attend at least one fair this season!
Here's a look at 10 agricultural fairs within a short driving distance of Hartford: Connecticut's central capital city. Visit the website of the Association of Connecticut Fairs for a complete guide to Connecticut fairs large and small.
August 10-12, 2018
Lebanon Country Fair
Lebanon Lions Fairgrounds, 122 Mack Road, Lebanon, CT
Admission: $10 Friday and $11 Saturday or Sunday for adults, $9 for seniors, free for children under 12.
Hours: Friday 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Special Features: BikeStuntShow, Livestock Judging, Redneck Truck Pull, Live Music, Horseshoe Tournament, Midway.
August 17-19, 2018
Hartford County 4-H Fair
Four Town Fair Grounds, 56 Egypt Road, Somers, CT
Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children ages 7-12, free for children under 7
Hours: Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Special Features: Animals, Doodlebug Draw, Food Truck Festival (Friday), Chicken Bar-B-Que (Saturday), 5K Road Race (Sunday), Live Music, Craft Fair.
August 23-26, 2018
15 Fairgrounds Road/Route 169, Brooklyn, CT
Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, free for children 12 and under; parking is $5 per car.
Hours: Thursday 4-11 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Special Features: Animal Exhibits, Carnival Rides and Midway, Free Playland for Kids, Veggie Car Races, Main Stage Entertainment (2018 headliners include Diamond Rio and Canaan Smith).
August 31-September 3, 2018
Haddam Neck Fair
26 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck, CT
Admission: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, free for children under 12; parking is free (as of 2017; 2018 prices TBA)
Hours: Friday 4-10 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Monday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (as of 2017; 2018 hours TBA)
Special Features: Rides, Entertainment, Competitions.
September 6-9, 2018
Hebron Harvest Fair
Hebron Lions Fairgrounds, 347 Gilead Street (Route 85), Hebron, CT
Admission: $13 adults, free for children 12 and under, free for seniors on Friday only until 4 p.m.; parking is $5 Friday after 4 p.m. and all weekend, Thursday is Dollar Night with $1 admission and $1 parking for all visitors
Hours: Thursday 4-10:30 p.m.; Friday 12 noon to 12 midnight; Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 midnight; Sunday 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Special Features: Carnival/Midway, Family Agricultural Entertainment, Beer & Wine Garden, Demolition Derby, Dock Dogs, Stage Entertainment
September 6-9, 2018
South Windsor Fairgrounds, 75 Brookfield Street, South Windsor, CT
Admission: $8 for adults, $4 for seniors, free for children under 57"; Thursday admission is free (non-perishable food item donations are requested); parking is free
Hours: Thursday 5-10 p.m.; Friday 5-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Special Features: Animal Exhibits, Racing Pigs and Dachsunds, Frisbee Dogs, Midway, Live Music.
September 13-16, 2018
Four Town Fair
Egypt Road, Somers, CT
Admission: $10 for adults ($6 on Thursday), free for children 12 years and under, $5 for seniors on Thursday and Friday; $25 weekend pass, parking is free.
Hours: Thursday 4-10 p.m.; Friday 4-11 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m; and Sunday 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Special Features: Midway, Livestock, Children's Activities, Car Show (Thursday), Women's Skillet Throw (Saturday), Parade (Saturday), Horse Show (Sunday), Live Music.
September 14-16, 2018
430 Beckley Road, East Berlin, CT
Admission: $12 adults, $8 seniors, free for children 11 and under; parking is free
Hours: Thursday 4:30-10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. -10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Special Features: Painted Pony Rodeo, World of Wheels, Animal Exhibits, Nail Driving Contest, Rides and Games, NoJoe's Circus, Stage Entertainment.
September 27-30, 2018
Routes 17 & 68, Durham, CT
Admission: $14 ($9 on Thursday) for adults (or $35 for all four days), $10 for seniors, free for children 11 and under; parking is $5 per car
Hours: Thursday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Special Features: Nationally Known Music Stars (2018 headliners include Melissa Etheridge and Scotty McCreery), a Connecticut Wine Festival, Children's Activities and Shows, Carnival Midway, Pulling Contests, Livestock Competitions.
October 5-7, 2018
Exchange Club Grounds, Route 17A (Main Street), Portland, CT
Admission: $10 for adults. $8 for seniors, and free for children 9 and under; parking is free
Hours: Friday 5-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Special Features: Dirty Ditch Mud Bog (Sunday), Musical Acts, Midway, Farm Animals, Wildlife Show.