Being farmers and gardeners, we love to go to a good old fashioned agricultural fair, and we try to take the grandkids to to a different one every year.
This year we chose the Deerfield Fair which has been playing to the residents of New Hampshire and neighboring states for 136 years.
Can you imagine, Ulysses S. Grant was President of the United States the year the Deerfield Fair started?
The pricing and parking at this fair were great. Parking is right across from the entrance and is $5 per car. Admission is $10 per adult or $7 per senior and children under 12 are free. Love it!
The fairgrounds were beautifully maintained and decorated. It was without a doubt the prettiest fair setting I’ve ever seen.
We spent quite a bit of time at the horse show ring, and it was wonderful.
Then we were on to the agricultural barns to see the dairy cows, sheep that were being judged, goats, alpacas, and poultry exhibits.
Once we were done checking out all the animal barns, we headed to the craft barns and were wowed with the exhibits which included photography, painting, quilting, rugs, fresh vegetables, canning of all types, and everything else you can imagine at a fair.
The giant pumpkin weigh-in was after we were there, but a 1,843.5 pound pumpkin grown in NH garnered the world record. But, a week later a pumpkin grown in Rhode Island weighed in at over a ton, 2,009 pounds to be exact, at the Topsfield Fair taking over the world record. This became the largest pumpkin in history and the largest fruit ever grown in the world. Wow!
Walking through the fairgrounds, I’m pretty sure we were the only people there not eating fried food of every type including enough french fries to make a dent in the stock pile of Idaho potatoes.
How big were the servings of french fries? Well, they were being served in large cardboard dog bowls. Hope that gives you a visual?
We had a great time at the Deerfield Fair and might just have to break our tradition and go back there next year. It truly was an old-fashioned New England fair that allowed us to enjoy the agricultural history of our state.
Granddaughter (11) commented: The horse show was really good, and they had nice animals in the barns.
Grandson (6) commented: I liked the potties. (Well, when a six year-old boy really doesn’t like port-a-potties, he was very appreciative of clean toilets that flush. Gotta love the honesty of a six-year old boy.)