There are a number of fairs in southeastern Connecticut but which ones do you go to? Here is a list of all the fairs and a few I personally love.
My top local fairs:
Hamburg Fair August 16-18, 2013
I love the Hamburg Fair because it’s a great fair for kids. It’s small and not too intimidating for little ones. They have rides, animal competitions, good food, and music. It’s actually happening this weekend in downtown Lyme.
Just keep in mind the terrain of the fairgrounds is pretty hilly so make sure the kids where sneakers and strollers may not be a good idea. And bring plenty of cash for pony rides! Those are my daughter’s favorite rides. Also, don’t miss the home made kettle corn. A must eat!
Chester Fair August 23 – 25, 2013
Chester is the cutest town in CT, really. I love it! That is why their fair is one of my favorites too. This is a great fair for children as it’s a little bit bigger than Hamburg Fair but not super big. It also is pretty flat and easy to walk around with strollers. They have lots of animals, kids contests, rides, and delicious food. If you can’t make it to the Hamburg Fair this weekend, definitely check out the Chester Fair.
Woodstock Fair August 30 – September 2, 2013
I’ve got to be honest, I’ve never been to this fair and granted it’s northern Connecticut but a friend of mine swears by this fair. Looks good to me with a ton of things to do and see plus a number of good eats. Could be a great way to round out your Labor Day Weekend. We will definitely be there!
Hebron Fair September 5 – 8, 2013
Dogs jumping in a pool. Need I say more! The Hebron Fair is definitely a fun one and the type of entertainment they are packing, I am not missing it!
They also boast some really great kids contests, fun competitive exhibits, and of course that delicious fair food we all love.
Durham Fair September 26 – 29, 2013
This is a big fair! They boast about having the biggest agricultural exhibit in the state. And of course the bigger the fair is, the more food, entertainment, and options there will be. If you like country music, you’ll love the Durham Fair. Expect large crowds here and try to go during the day time if you plan to attend with the kids.
Regardless of the fair you pick, you’re going to have fun and expect there to be one happening pretty much every weekend through September. Here are a few of my fair tips:
- Bring a backpack rather than a purse so you have more space for storage.
- Pack your own water for the family to avoid spending a lot on drinks. Plus rather than have a soda, you can save that sugar for the good stuff like cotton candy!
- Bring sweatshirts as when night comes, it gets cool.
- Pack your stroller just in case and then decide if you need it or just go back and grab it if you need it.
- Share food! There are so many delicious things to eat – we get a little bit of everything and share.
- Support local crafters. Buy something at the fair, even if it’s a jar of jam and support our local crafters.
- Bring extra cash so you can avoid ATM fees if the fair even has an ATM.
- Buy your tickets in advance online if you can to avoid ticket lines upon arrival.
- Go during the day with the kids to avoid long lines, big crowds, and parking lot traffic jams.