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]sterfair.com.