Ag fair set for Sept. 7

NEW BOSTON – Horses of all sizes and talents will be part of the 61st Annual Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair coming up Sept. 7-9 at the Hillsborough County Youth Center in New Boston. The excitement runs all weekend beginning Friday night with the Renaissance Stable Vaulting Riders from Temple, on Saturday the ever popular Northeast Six Shooters, and the Draft Horse Pulling on Sunday, a tradition from the early days of the Fair. On Saturday watch the fast-paced Gymkana horse competition and meet the Manchester Mounted Police who will be patrolling the fairgrounds. Not to be missed is Horses Horses Horses on display and performing all weekend. This traveling show consists of 12 miniature stallions, a beautiful Freisian from Holland and a black Arabian who waltz, bow and rear, lay down sit up, and walk on their hind legs. A show to be seen and enjoyed by all.

Stage entertainment includes a full slate with returning musical favorites, Dan Morgan, Fred Ellsworth and Johnnie Bubar, along with newcomers Canyon Run, Kaylea Verville, Shelf Life, and Harrison & Lily. Enjoy the entertainment from the Beer Tent located near the stage, sponsored by Molly’s Tavern. Come along and line dance with the Monadnock Mavericks Line Dance Team on Sunday or learn about our flying neighbors in the Eyes on Owls shows which will be offered four times on Saturday. The horseshoe pitching contest has been a continual favorite and is free to enter with winners in all age divisions! Truck, tractor or lawn tractor pulls will get your heart racing. The youngest fairgoers can operate a robot, ride a tractor, meet a clown, or hold a rabbit. Of course, what would a fair be without carnival rides and games offered by Mark Fanelli’s Traveling Amusement Parks. Look for one-price-all-ride bracelet times on Fireworks will light up the sky on Saturday night.

Hungry? Check out the vendors offering everyone’s fair favorites cotton candy, shaved ice, lemonade and sausage subs. Don’t miss the locally made fudge, herbal teas, vinegar & oils, packaged dips, maple syrup and honey, or the popular goods such as ink drawings and artwork, kitchen essentials or patriotic apparel.

What’s an agricultural Fair without quilts, or homegrown vegetables and flowers? Show off your talents by entering your homemade quilt, jam, apple pie, painting, artwork, produce from your garden or enter the King Arthur Flour baking contest.