Country Fair Season in Central Connecticut Last Updated: February 2021

Fan of deep fried treats, games and rides? When late summer/early fall hits, it's country fair time in Hartford and New Haven counties. Across the region, you’ll find authentic country fairs that have been an annual event here for generations — and there’s no better way to spend a day, night or weekend than at the fair! Of course, many of these beloved events were put on hold for 2020, but hope to see a return in 2021. Here’s a short list of fairs to plan to attend.

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Magic of the Midway

A staple of most country fairs, a midway filled with amusement rides, games and activities is always a powerful draw for families. The Berlin Fair offers a wide array of colorful attractions with thrills for kids and grown-ups alike.

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Loveable Livestock

Country fairs are, at their heart, all about traditions. Competitions among livestock are as popular today as they were back in the old days. At Orange Country Fair, you'll discover displays of cattle, chickens, horses, pigs, goats and more.

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Food Coma

Many people go to the fair strictly for the food. While you may be able to sample fresh raised vegetables and fresh baked pies, it’s often the snacks like ice cream, fried dough, hot dogs and other treats that wreck your diet, at least for a night. You won’t be disappointed at the Hebron Harvest Fair.

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Music & Entertainment

Live concerts are a mainstay at country fairs. Most attract popular local bands, but a few have big name headliners too. Discover great band line-ups at the Durham Fair.

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Trucks & Tractors

At country fairs all across the state, tractors get the spotlight for a change, and kids love to watch, climb and learn about these machines. The Guilford Fair has antique tractor pulls, and the Haddam Neck Fair has an extreme Jeep rock climbing show.