Come to the 147th Lancaster Fair for Food, Farm, and Fun, August 31 through September 4


CONTACT: Carol Fusaro, 603-228-0836, [email protected]

Come to the 147th Lancaster Fair for Food, Farm, and Fun, August 31 through September 4

— Family friendly activities from carnival games and rides to rip-roaring motorized competitions; Special Grandstand Show with Country Music Supergroup Sawyer Brown on Saturday, September 2 –

LANCASTER, NH – The annual Lancaster Fair, northern New Hampshire’s largest summer event, begins Thursday, August 31 and runs through Labor Day Monday, September 4 at the Lancaster Fairgrounds.  Now in its 147th year, the Lancaster Fair marks the end of summer by celebrating the area’s agricultural heritage with a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment. There’s carnival rides and games, farm animal competitions, top-notch music performances – this year’s headliner is country music supergroup Sawyer Brown – motorized competitions, food, and special activities for the kids. ATVs are welcome and parking is free. Campsites are available on site.

Here is an overview of what Fairgoers can see and do:

  • Fun rides and games – all free with admission:  From the flashing lights of the Ferris Wheel to the kiddie rides to all types of carnival games, the Fair’s large midway offers fun and thrills for all ages.
  • Fascinating Animal Shows: Farm animals and their owners compete for the blue ribbon, and the hard work of the 4-H students is on display. Each day of the Fair features oxen and horse pulls, sheepdog trials, working steer shows, and horse drills.
  • Great entertainment, including country supergroup Sawyer Brown:  The Lancaster Fair features a wide range of entertainment, including a Pig Scramble, the 8th Annual Fireman’s Muster, and the 22nd Annual Classic Car Cruise Night. On Saturday night, Sawyer Brown brings their high-energy music to the Fair grandstand. They have been making music and touring for more than 30 years. More than fifty of their singles have entered the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three number one singles. On Friday night, The Hitmen will be playing a variety of 70’s classics to modern hits. Local musicians and singers will also be performing throughout the Fair.  All these performances are free with paid admission.
  • Rip-roaring, motorized competitions: It’s all about the horsepower at the Fair’s paid ($10 admission) grandstand shows: Big Rig Truck Pull & Show N Shine at 1 pm and a 4 x 4 Truck Pull at 6 pm on Sunday, September 3, and the popular Demolition Derby at 3:30 pm on Monday, September 4. Drivers are coming from as far north as Canada and as far south as New Jersey to participate in these high-octane, motorized competitions. Other competitions include a lawn-and-garden tractor pull on Saturday and a traditional tractor pull on Monday.
  • Special activities for the kids: Along with the midway rides, the Fair’s Kids’ Korner tent has crafts, daily ventriloquist shows, scavenger hunts, train rides, pedal tractor pulls, and other contests. Children can practice farming at special Farmer-for-a-Day stations and compete in their own power-wheel demo derby on Saturday, September 2 at 1 pm.
  • An amazing agriculture showcase: See northern New Hampshire’s finest vegetables, plants, fruits, flowers, and homemade crafts in special exhibitions, including 4-H exhibits.

Food stands will be serving pizza, grilled sausage with pepper and onions, French fries, fried dough, apple crisp, and ice cream among other offerings. One of the food vendors is Robbie Lemos of Annemarie’s Catering. “Our family has been involved in providing food at the Lancaster Fair for 52 years, and over that time we have seen the Fair grow and offer more choices for food and entertainment,” said Lemos. “We enjoy seeing our customers and the other vendors each year.”

Another Fair vendor that has a long history with the Fair is North Country Ford in Lancaster. “It started with my dad in the early 1980s, and now my brother and I bring our inventory to the auto sheds at the Fair each year,” said Keith Kopp, North Country Ford partner. “We look forward to participating each year, as it is a great opportunity for us to meet new people and connect with our existing customers.”

Dreamland Amusements, which supplies midway rides and games to country fairs in the eastern US, has been working with the Lancaster Fair since 2006. “Each year, we try to change the flavor of rides a little bit. This year, we are introducing the 93-foot-long Wacky Worm, a nice family roller coaster,” said Bob Destefano of Dreamland Amusements. “The Lancaster Fair is a great way to mark the end of summer with lots of fun activities and entertainment that the entire family can enjoy.”

Lancaster Fair Ticket Information

The Lancaster Fair is open rain or shine. General admission is $15 on Thursday, Friday, and Monday and $17 on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is free for children under 36 inches (when accompanied by a paying adult). Seniors 70 and older get in free on Thursday and Monday and at a reduced admission ($10) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A season pass is available for $65. Rides are included and open at 12 pm on Thursday & Friday and 11:30 am Saturday through Monday.

There is an additional $10 charge for the following grandstand shows: Big Rig Truck Pull & Show N Shine on Sunday, September 3 at 1 pm, 4×4 Truck Pull on Sunday, September 3 at 6 pm, and the Demolition Derby on Monday, September 4 at 3:30 pm.

Parking is free. Camping sites available on the fairground. Call 603-237-8143 or register for a campsite at

Fair Sponsors

The sponsors for the 2017 Lancaster Fair are: A&P Landscaping & Building, Aaron’s Repair Center, Bailey Funeral Home, Beattie Enterprises Inc., Cabot Creamery, Cameron Seal Coating,  Chappy’s Concessions, Cloutier Sand & Gravel, Crane & Bell CPAs, Dreamland Amusements, Eversource, Farm Family Insurance, Fitch Fuel Plumbing & Heating, Forbes Farm, Geo. M. Stevens & Sons Insurance, King Arthur Flour, Lancaster Eye Care, Marshall Insurance Agency, Mascoma Savings Bank, McDevitt Trucks, MOMS, Mountain View Dental, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, North Country Ford, Passumpsic Savings Bank, Poulin Grain, Senator Jeff Woodburn, Stratham Tire, Town & Country Inn and Resort, Union Bank, W.W. Berry Transportation Inc., Waystack Frizzell Trial Lawyers, and Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank.

For more information, call 603-788-4531, email i[email protected], or visit


Find Old-Fashioned Country Fair Fun at the Lancaster Fair! August 31 – September 4

A spectacular end-of-summer event for 146 years, the Lancaster Fair celebrates its roots with traditional agricultural activities like 4-H animal exhibits, horse and oxen pulls, sheep dog trials, a horse show, and exhibition halls filled with quilts, crafts, vegetables and flowers. Add in an exciting and colorful midway, motorized competitions like the Big Rig Truck Pull and a Demolition Derby, enticing fair food, and a Grandstand performance by country music band Sawyer Brown and you have all of the ingredients for an extravagant five-day celebration.

This year’s Lancaster Fair runs from from August 31 – September 4 and, as always, there is plenty of free parking.

With its old-fashioned country fair flavor, the Lancaster Fair has garnered praise as the best in New Hampshire. Covering 65 acres with wide, clean midways, on-site camping and one low price that includes admission, midway rides and concerts, there is plenty of variety to keep everyone in the family entertained. The Fair is ATV-friendly, too, so ride in on your rig and get in on the fun.

Fair highlights include the hilarious Pig Scramble, the 8th Annual Firemen’s Muster, Cruise Night featuring antique and classic cars, the rockin’ and rumblin’ Big Rig and 4×4 Truck Pulls, Power Wheel Derby, and the always-popular smash-em-up Demolition Derby.

Children will find lots to do at Kids Korner, with plenty of kid-friendly activities, free train rides every day, a Sunflower Seed Spitting Contest, Chocolate Pie Eating Contest, and daily performances by ventriloquist Sylvia Fletcher and her Magic Trunk.

On the Grandstand stage on Friday evening, get ready for The Hitmen Band, five musicians and singers who, throughout the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Frankie Valli, Carly Simon, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, and Blood Sweat & Tears.

The winners of the first “Star Search” television variety show in 1985, the Sawyer Brown band has been making country music for more than 30 years. Hits include “Step That Step,” “Six Days On The Road,” and “Some Girls Do.” They’ll be bringing their outstanding brand of country music to the Grandstand stage on Saturday night with a crowd-pleasing performance. Both Grandstand shows are free with paid admission.

One low ticket price includes all Midway rides and the concerts. General admission on Thursday, Friday and Monday costs just $15. On Saturday and Sunday, admission costs $17. Free admission for seniors 70 and older on Thursday and Monday, and $10 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (does not include rides). Current/active military receive $2 off admission. Children who stand under 36 inches get in free with a paying adult. A season pass, including rides, costs $65.

Grandstand admission prices for the Big Rig Truck Pull, 4×4 Truck Pull and the Demolition Derby are $10 for each show.

The Lancaster Fair is located on Route 3, just north of the junction of Routes 2 and 3. A complete schedule of events is listed on the Fair’s website at

For Camping Reservations call (603) 237-8143 or email [email protected].