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 9-11, 2019
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: Livestock Judging, Redneck Truck Pull, Live Music, Midway.
August 16-18, 2019
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 22-25, 2019
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, Free Playland for Kids, Main Stage Entertainment (2019 headliners include Travis Denning and Neal McCoy).
August 30-September 2, 2019
Haddam Neck Fair
26 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck, CT
Admission: $10 for adults, $9 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 5-8, 2019
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, Agricultural Entertainment, Beer & Wine Garden, Demolition Derby, Dock Dogs, Stage Entertainment
September 5-8, 2019
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 12-15, 2019
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, Car Show (Thursday), Women's Skillet Throw (Saturday), Parade (Saturday), Horse Show (Sunday), Live Music.
September 13-15, 2019
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: World of Wheels, Animal Exhibits, Nail Driving Contest, Rides and Games, NoJoe's Circus, Stage Entertainment.
September 26-29, 2019
Routes 17 & 68, Durham, CT
Admission: $15 ($9 on Thursday) for adults (or $35 for all four days), $11 for seniors($9 on Thursday), free for children 11 and under; parking is $5 per car (or $10 unlimited entry)
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 (2019 headliners include Little River Band and Big & Rich), a Laser Light Show, Monster Truck Rally, Children's Activities and Shows, Carnival Midway, Pulling Contests, Livestock Competitions.
October 4-6, 2019
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 Runs (Sunday), Musical Acts, Midway, Wine Tasting, Livestock Costume Parade.