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County and Agricultural Fairs Coming Up in July

Summer is getting into full swing, and with it come the fairs. Following are the major agricultural / county fairs coming up in the month of July:

For a complete schedule of this summer’s fairs see:

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Fall Fun in Jackson, New Hampshire

Picture of a Pumpkin Person Dracula

Pumpkin Person Greeting at The Wentworth

Many thanks to our friends at The Wentworth in Jackson, NH for providing us with this list of fun things coming up this fall in and around Jackson…

The Fryeburg Fair

In 1851, farmers and merchants gathered in a small town in the southwest corner of Maine to show off their produce, cattle, and wares. Over one-hundred-fifty years later, at the Fryeburg, Maine Fair… they are still doing the same, having made this one of the most notable agricultural events in North America.

However, today’s exhibitors at the Fryeburg Fair in Maine are accompanied by much more than a few cows and some simple crafts. They arrive at the 180 acre fairgrounds with over 3,000 horses, goats, llamas, poultry, rabbits, sheep swine, oxen and steer. And the juried craftsman and artists amongst them bring an assortment of baskets, jewelry, woodwork, candles, sculpted metal, paintings, and beautiful glass creations all of which have been made in the State of Maine. or within the West Oxford Agricultural Society – a grouping of several Maine towns and a few towns from bordering, New Hampshire.

This year the fair will be held from October 2nd through the 9th and is a scenic 30 minute drive from Jackson and The Wentworth.

The Ghoullog

North Conway, NH – Cranmore Mountain is bringing fear to those brave enough to attend The Ghoullog starting September 30, 2011. Mountain top haunts operate from 7 to 10 p.m., with each haunt approximately one hour long.

The Ghoullog is the only Halloween event in the nation featuring a chairlift ride to a haunted house at the summit of a mountain. Cranmore’s 2,000 foot summit is located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and offers visitors breathtaking night-time views of the Moats, Mount Washington and the village of North Conway, NH.

New for the Ghoullog this year is the addition of new rides and attractions; and ticket offers. Cranmore’s Mountain Coaster will receive a Halloween-themed face lift as they offer “Haunted Coaster Rides” to take place during Ghoullog dates. The Coaster is a roller-coaster like ride that takes visitors on a 3,600 foot round trip ride up and down the mountain in a 2-person sled mounted on a steel track. Cranmore’s new Giant Swing, which gives 4 people a breath-taking sky-ride, will also operate at night for the event.

Ghoullog fans seeking the ultimate experience will want to sign up for the new “RIP” Ticket, which gives them two trips through the Ghoullog, a ride each on the Coaster and Swing, plus an exclusive “RIP” lounge with a private themed sitting area. The RIP Ticket is ideal for large groups and corporate outings.

The Ghoullog will take place on weekends from September 30 until October 29 and The Wentworth offers a Ghoullog package combining accommodations and dining with an evening at the Ghoullog.

The Return of the Pumpkin People

Picture of a Pumpkin Fisherman2011 marks the 24th year these magical, mystical, intriguing Pumpkin People have been showing up in the Jackson Village New Hampshire. These quirky Pumpkin People were asked to come to our quintessential New England Village to entertain both our visitors and locals alike.
Pumpkin People will dazzle you… first timers expect to see them as stick figures with people clothes and a pumpkin stuck on their shoulders as their head but are immediately taken back when they see just how well planned and executed the Pumpkin People are… our Pumpkin People are works of art. To construct and display just one Pumpkin Person it can take any where from one full day to three or even four days. The Wentworth will have its Pumpkin People in place on October 1st and they are being constructed right now by our crew of pumpkin people creators. Each year it is a surprise – we have had wedding couples, General and Mrs. Wentworth, Fritz and his dog Winston to name but a few.

You can take this self-guided tour at your convenience from October 1st through the 20th. “Return of the Pumpkin People” official maps will be available at our Front Desk.

The Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour:

The Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour was named one of the five tasty tours in the Granite State by the Concord Insider. “Engage all your senses”. What could be more romantic that an horse drawn sleigh ride through the village of Jackson stopping at inns, restaurants and craft shops for a chocolate treat – This is becoming a Jackson Tradition. You will board your Austrian Drawn Sleigh at Nestlenook Estate where you will be greeted by Carolers, presented with your Jingle Bell and first Chocolate Treasure. You will then be whisked around the village of Jackson and at each stop you will receive a chocolate treat. These tours always sell out and tickets are sold through participating lodging properties only so call us today at 800-637-0013 to reserve.

Tour Dates; November 26th, 27th, December 3rd, 4th, 10th and 17th – Children sitting on mom or dad’s lap not taking chocolate treasures are free.

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150th Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Livestock Show and Fair

The 150th Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Livestock Show and Fair kicks off today (August 18, 2011) at the West Tisbury fairgrounds. The theme of this year’s fair is “timeless traditions”. The fair will run:

  • Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from 10 AM until 11 PM
  • Sunday from 10 AM until 7 PM

Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children 5-12 and adults 62+. Children under 5 are free.

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2011 Maine Agricultural Fairs

Last, but certainly not least in our roundup of New England agricultural fairs are the fairs of the State of Maine. Here are the remaining fairs that will be held in Maine this summer:

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2011 New Hampshire Agricultural Fairs

After a brief hiatus, we continue with highlighting the agricultural / county fairs and expositions. Today we look at the fairs coming up for the summer and fall of 2011 in New Hampshire:

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2011 Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs

Continuing with our roundup of New England agricultural fairs, today the Commonwealth of Massachusetts steps into the spotlight. Following are the major agricultural fairs in Massachusetts for 2011:

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Rhode Island Agricultural Fairs

The tiny state of Rhode Island is perhaps better known for its coast and seafaring traditions than agriculture. But there still are a couple of agricultural fairs in the Ocean State every year. Following are the two agricultural fairs that take place in Rhode Island every summer:

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Connecticut 2011 Agricultural and County Fairs

Continuing our series on major agricultural, county, or country fairs in New England, today we put the spotlight on Connecticut. Following are the major fairs in Connecticut for the summer and fall of 2011:

See the Association of Connecticut Fairs for additional listings of district, 4H, and local fairs.

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Vermont 2011 Agricultural and County Fairs

Continuing with our roundup of New England agricultural and county fairs, today we focus on the State of Vermont.

We have already mentioned the Vermont State Fair in our Post New England State Fairs / Agricultural Fairs. Other notable fairs coming to Vermont this summer include:

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New England State Fairs / Agricultural Fairs

This is the first post in a series on New England’s state and agricultural fairs. In this post we highlight the large state fairs, or in the absence of a true state fair, the largest agricultural fair in that state. For 2011, here are the large state / agricultural fairs around New England:

  • July 29 through August 7, 2011: Bangor State Fair (Maine) – While not truly “the” state fair, the Bangor State Fair is Maine’s largest fair.
  • August 17 through August 21, 2011: 45th annual Washington County Fair (Rhode Island).
  • September 1 through September 5, 2011: 96th annual Hopkinton State Fair (New Hampshire).
  • September 2 through September 11, 2011: 166th annual Vermont State Fair.
  • September 16 through October 2, 2011: The Big E / Eastern States Exposition (Massachusetts) – New England’s largest state/agricultural fair and one of the top ten in the United States. Each of the six New England States is represented at The Big E.

We will continue this series in future posts with state-by-state roundups of upcoming agricultural fairs for 2011.

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