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!
Here's a look at 10 agricultural fairs within a short driving distance of Hartford: Connecticut's central capital city.
Visit the Web site of the Association of Connecticut Fairs for a complete guide to fairs in Connecticut.
August 11-13, 2017
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: Demolition Derby (Saturday), Livestock Judging, Redneck Truck Pull, Live Music, Midway.
August 18-20, 2017
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, Chicken Bar-B-Que (Saturday), 5K Road Race (Sunday), Live Music, Craft Fair.
August 24-27, 2017
15 Fairgrounds Road/Route 169, Brooklyn, CT
Admission: $10 for adults; $6 for seniors on Friday only, free for children 11 and under; parking is $5 per car.
Hours: Thursday 4-11 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Special Features: Animal Exhibits, Carnival Rides and Midway, Veggie Races, Main Stage Entertainment (2017 headliners TBA).
September 1-4, 2017
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
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.
Special Features: Rides, Entertainment, Competitions.
September 10-13, 2017
Hebron Harvest Fair
Hebron Lions Fairgrounds, 347 Gilead Street (Route 85), Hebron, CT
Admission: $13, free for children 12 and under, free for seniors on Friday only until 4 p.m.; parking is $5 Thursday after 5 p.m., Friday after 4 p.m. and all weekend
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 8:30 p.m.
Special Features: Carnival/Midway, Family Agricultural Entertainment, Beer & Wine Garden, Demolition Derby, Dock Dogs, Stage Entertainment
September 7-10, 2017
Evergreen Walk, 100 Cedar Avenue, South Windsor, CT
Admission: $8 for adults, $4 for seniors, free for children under 57"; Thursday admission is free; parking is free
Hours: Thursday 5-10 p.m.; Friday 6-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Special Features: Animal Exhibits, Racing Pigs and Dachsunds, Midway, Food Truck Festival, Doodlebugs, Petting Zoo, Live Music.
September 14-17, 2017
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; 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), Horse Show (Sunday), Live Music.
September 15-17, 2017
430 Beckley Road, East Berlin, CT
Admission: $12 adults, $8 seniors, free for children 11 and under; parking is free
Hours: 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, Stage Entertainment, Racing Pigs.
September 21-24, 2017
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 (2017 headliners TBA), a Connecticut Wine Festival, Children's Activities and Shows, Carnival Midway, Redneck Games, Pulling Contests, Livestock Competitions.
October 6-8, 2017
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.