The best fun-filled family event in northern New Hampshire -- The Lancaster Fair -- starts next Wednesday, August 27. Now in its 144th year, the Fair takes place on Route 3 in Lancaster through Labor Day, Monday, September 1. The fair combines all of the activities of an old-fashioned country fair with plenty of variety to keep everyone in the family entertained.
Children will love the colorful midway with exciting rides and train rides. There is a special Kids' Korner tent, with crafts, magic shows, scavenger hunts, and contests.
The Lancaster Fair is all about agriculture: working cattle demonstrations; livestock competitions, including horse pulls, sheepdog trials, and an oxen log obstacle course; 4-H exhibits; and exhibitions of homemade crafts and fresh vegetables and flowers.
If you like to make (and eat) pies, don't miss the King Arthur Flour Co.-sponsored apple pie contest, and the Shaw's and Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank pie baking contests.
Just added: New England Championship Wrestling wraps up a BLAZING SUMMER on Friday night, August 29 at the Lancaster Fair with a 7 p.m. bell time. Admission to this event is free with your admission to the fair.
Enjoy the daily grandstand shows – Cruise Night, 5th Annual Fireman's Muster, New England Championship Wrestling, and a concert by Confederate Railroad on Aug. 30 – all free with paid admission.
It's all about the horsepower and high-octane fair at the fair's paid ($8 admission) grandstand shows: a Big Rig Truck Pull and a 4 x 4 Truck Pull on Aug, 31, and a Demolition Derby on Sept. 1.
Bring the family and celebrate New Hampshire's Great North Woods lifestyle and work at the Lancaster Fair.
Parking is free and general admission is $15, which includes rides. Admission is free for seniors 70 and older and for children under 42 inches (when accompanied by a paying adult).
On Wed., August 27, admission is $30 per carload with rides starting at 4 p.m.
Thursday, August 28 is Senior Citizen Day at the fair, when admission is $12 for those 62 and older.
For more information and for a complete schedule of events, visit www.lancasterfair.com,
The Lancaster Fair would not be possible without its sponsors; Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, Allied Insurance, Passumpsic Savings Bank, Bank of New Hampshire, Beattie Enterprises, Carroll Concrete, Chappy's Concessions, Cloutier Sand & Gravel, Fitch Fuel, North Country Ford, The Forbes Farm, White Mountain Dental and Pete & Gerry's.