Lonestar is Featured Entertainment at Lancaster Fair

The Lancaster Fair proudly presents Lonestar — the featured entertainment on Saturday night, September 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

For more than 20 years Lonestar has logged countless miles touring throughout the world, released several Platinum-selling albums and ten No. 1 singles, earned ACM and CMA awards and inspired rave reviews as far away as London, where The Guardian proclaimed them exemplars of “country’s greatest strength: picture-painting, story-based, tear-your-heart-out lyrics that are the most direct and lucid in popular music.”

Yet all roads lead back to Nashville, where lead singer/guitarist Richie McDonald, lead guitarist/singer Michael Britt, keyboardist/guitarist/singer Dean Sams and drummer Keech Rainwater wrote and rehearsed songs for their tenth album, Never Enders, each one crafted impeccably yet as raw and soulful as all four members’ Texas honky-tonk roots.

Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has amassed RIAA-certified sales in excess of ten million album units since their national launch in 1995, and achieved ten #1 country hits including “No News,” “Come Crying To Me,” and their crossover smash “Amazed” (which was also #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first record since 1983’s “Islands in the Stream”, to top both charts). The band’s awards include a 1999 ACM Single of The Year for “Amazed” (the song also won the Song of the Year award), and the 2001 CMA Vocal Group of the Year. With over a 100 dates worldwide per year, they are celebrating over 20 years together. Lonestar’s highly anticipated CD, Never Enders, features ten new original Lonestar songs that bring the band’s trademark sound into the contemporary arena.

Lancaster Fair

Looking for the largest fun-filled family event in the Great North Woods? Look no further! The undisputed event of the summer is the Lancaster Fair that has been open for 146 years in succession. This year’s Fair runs Thursday, August 30 – Monday, September 3.

One low price includes one-day admission, midway rides and concert.

Highlights include:

  • The music of Tanya Tucker at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1.For four decades, her sultry voice and vivacious stage presence has helped to make her one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in the Country Music genre. Tanya’s reign includes 23 Top 40 albums and a string of 56 Top 40 singles, 10 of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts.
  • 23rd Annual Cruise Night, August 31, 6 p.m.; Demolition Derby, Sept. 3, 3:30 p.m.; Children’s Power Wheel Demo Derby, Sept. 1, 1 p.m.; Truck & Tractor Pulls; Kids’ Korner with free train rides every day, along with games, crafts, and contests; Kids’ Farmer-for-a-Day stations where kids can collect eggs, milk cows, tend to a vegetable garden and feed the animals; live music; 4-H animals; arts & crafts exhibits.

Lancaster Fair

Don’t miss this year’s Lancaster Fair held at the Lancaster Fairgrounds.

For almost a century-and-a-half, the Lancaster Fair has been an end-of-summer tradition, with plenty of variety to keep everyone in the family entertained. Along with agricultural activities like horse shows, oxen pulls and sheep dog trials, the Lancaster Fair features a colorful midway with exciting rides, 4-H exhibits, musical entertainment, and exhibition halls filled with quilts, crafts, vegetables and flowers. Add in farm tractor and big rig truck pulls, pie eating contests, tantalizing fair food, and featured entertainment and it’s easy to see why this fair spans five days and dozens and dozens of events.

One low price includes one-day admission, midway rides and concert. There is plenty of parking and camping is available on site.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2017

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 lancasterfair.com.

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 lancasterfair.com.

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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 www.lancasterfair.com.

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

Summer 2017 Events

June 1, 2017
Drive in the ’50s!

Classic cars, hot rods and specialty vehicles will line downtown Berlin’s Main Street from 5-8 p.m. Stop by and check out the fabulous “oldies,” enjoy music throughout the downtown, nosh on a variety of foods as you stroll along, and give a big round of applause for the winners during the vehicle awards ceremony. The free event is rain or shine.   www.androscogginvalleychamber.com

June 24, 2017
18th Annual Gerry Pomerleau ATV Ride

Be part of this 1-day only experience. Climb the Mt. Washington Auto Road with the NH ATV Club during the Gerry Pomerleau Memorial ATV Weekend. Views like you have never seen before…while riding your ATV / SxS to the top of Mt. Washington! Hosted by the NH ATV Club. New this year — this will be a Pre-Sale Only event. Tickets are available online at http://www.nhatv.com/

July 4th Weekend
4th of July Extravaganza in Gorham

Gorham rings in the holiday with New Hampshire’s longest 4th of July celebration, an event that spans four days. The celebration promises hours of fun, food, and merriment, including parades, music, amusements, and a classic car show, topped off with a fabulous fireworks display.   http://www.gorhamnh.org

July 13, 2017
Paddlemania

Paddle the mighty Androscoggin from Nansen Wayside to the Heritage Park in Berlin. Join us in the park for an evening of food, games & a cash bar. Paddling is not mandatory to attend festivities in the park. Fun on land & water!! A Source to the Sea Trek, sponsored by the Androscoggin Watershed Council.   www.androscogginvalleychamber.com

August 4 & 5, 2017
Jericho ATV Festival Is All About The Mudd!

Spectators and ATVers get cranked over the endless opportunities to explore ATVing in every form at the Jericho ATV Festival Presented by Progressive. Mud races, demo rides, live music and delicious food are just some of the highlights of the 8th annual Festival at Jericho State Park in Berlin.

The Park itself has more than 80 miles of ATV trails, which connect with the more than 1,000 miles of interconnected Ride the Wilds OHRV trails throughout northern New Hampshire.

The Jericho ATV Festival is two days of absolute fun, including the infamous mud pit grudge runs, helicopter rides, demos of manufacturers’ new ATvs and SxS’s, a downtown block party, beer tent, torch lit ATV parade, poker run, ATV pulls, concert, lawn games and much, much more.

Festival goers will rock to the music of “Last Kid Picked” at the Heritage Park on Saturday, August 5, from 4-9 p.m.

And don’t forget the Mudd! With the Festival now in its 8th year, organizers have figured out the perfect formula and it’s going to be luscious, it’s going to be oozy, it’s going to be slimy, it’s going to be dirty, it’s going to be better than ever!! http://www.androscogginvalleychamber.com/jericho-atv-festival/

August 15, 2017
Pittsburg Old Home Day

Help Pittsburg celebrate Old Home Day. Events include an old-fashioned parade, with everything from antique cars, tractors, fire trucks and dump trucks to entertaining float designs. Vendors, crafters and food concessions are available throughout the day. Enter one of the contests and you might win a prize: photography, baking and flower arranging. Get your toes tapping with music from one of the bands and give the youngsters a big shout-out at the kids’ fishing derby. http://www.pittsburg-nh.com/living-in-pittsburg/events-activities/old-home-day

August 25-27, 2017
North Country Moose Festival

The 24th Annual Moose Festival celebrates northern New Hampshire’s largest creature with a family-centered country fair spread out over three days and encompassing the New Hampshire towns of Colebrook and Pittsburg, and its neighbor across the Connecticut River, Canaan, Vermont. A jam-packed schedule of entertainment — Moose Calling Contest, Moose Chili, Moose Cruise-In antique car show, craft fair, Bluegrass music, carriage rides, dog show, maple syrup-tasting contest and many family activities — guarantee fun for everyone. And, who knows? You might even see a moose or two moseying along the side of the road. http://www.chamberofthenorthcountry.com/moose-festival.html

August 31 – September 4, 2017
Bring the Family to the Lancaster Fair, An Old-Fashioned Country Fair!

For almost a century-and-a-half, the Lancaster Fair has been an end-of-summer tradition, with plenty of variety to keep everyone in the family entertained. Along with agricultural activities like horse shows, oxen pulls and sheep dog trials, the Lancaster Fair features a colorful midway with exciting rides, 4-H exhibits, musical entertainment, and exhibition halls filled with quilts, crafts, vegetables and flowers. Add in farm tractor and big rig truck pulls, pie eating contests, tantalizing fair food, and featured entertainment and it’s easy to see why this fair spans five days and dozens and dozens of events.

One low price includes one-day admission, midway rides and concert. There is plenty of parking and camping is available on site. www.lancasterfair.com