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Horse pulls are a popular attraction at the fair. Courtesy photo.




Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair

Where: The Hillsborough County Youth Center Fairgrounds, 15 Hilldale Lane, Route 13, New Boston
When: Friday, Sept. 8; Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10
Cost: $10 per adult age 13 and older, $5 for seniors, active military personnel, veterans and kids ages 6-12. Kids under 6 are free.
Website: hcfair.com
 
Schedule
Friday, Sept. 8
Noon – fair and concessions open Noon – stock farm tractor pull at the pulling ring
1 p.m. – horse log skidding at the Langdell Arena
3 p.m. – children’s activities at the Blue Seal Tent
3 p.m. – amusement rides and concessions open
5 p.m. – flag ceremony by Alvirne HS JROTC Color Guard at flagpole near log cabin
6 p.m. – The Boogie Men at the Main Stage
 
Saturday, Sept. 9
9 a.m. – fair and concessions open All day – children’s activities and horseshoe pitching contest
9 a.m. – 4-H dog show at the tent
9 a.m. – farm tractor pull at the pulling track
9 a.m. – Gymkhana at the Langdell Arena
10 a.m. – 4-H goat, rabbit, sheep and swine shows at the Langdell Barn
10 a.m. – Lollipop the Clown at the children’s venue
11 a.m. – Eyes on Owls show
11 a.m. – oxen pull at the pulling ring
Noon – amusement rides open
Noon – Dan Morgan at the Main Stage
12:15 p.m. – Eyes on Owls demo/show
2 p.m. – Eyes on Owls demo/show
2:30 p.m. – Renaissance Stable horse vaulting team at the Langdell Arena
3 p.m. – 4-H Poultry Show at the Langdell Barn
3 p.m. – Johnny Bubar on Main Stage
3:15 p.m. – Eyes on Owls demo/show 5 p.m. – Northeast Six Shooters at the Langdell Arena
5 p.m. – stage entertainment at the Main Stage
6 p.m. – 4-H sheep leadline show at the Langdell Barn
6 p.m. – lawn tractor pull at the pulling track
7 p.m. – homemade pie auction at the Blue Seal Tent
7 p.m. – Post Road Rebellion at the Main Stage
 
Sunday, Sept. 10
9 a.m. – fair and concessions open All day – children’s activities and horseshoe pitching contest
All day – 4-H alpaca exhibit at the tent
9 a.m. – chicken crowing contest and agility show Langdell Barn
9 a.m. – draft horse pull at the pulling ring
10 a.m. – 4-H robotics demo at the Main Stage lawn
10 a.m. – 4-H rabbit hopping and agility show at Langdell Barn
10 a.m. – 4-H Sheep Skillathon at Langdell Barn
11 a.m. – Shelf Life at the Main Stage
Noon – amusement rides open
Noon – truck pull at the pulling track
Noon – 4-H market livestock show at Langdell Small Ring
1:30 p.m. – Sheep Olympics at the Langdell Barn
2 p.m. – entertainment at the Main Stage
2 p.m. – UNH Extension answers your garden questions at the Buck Barn
3 p.m. – NH 4-H Market livestock auction at the Langdell Small Arena
5:30 p.m. – award programs, raffle drawings at the Blue Seal Tent
6 p.m. – fair closes




Back to its roots
County fair (almost) all about agriculture

09/07/17
By Ethan Hogan



 The Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair, now in its 60th year, is returning to its roots by showcasing locally grown farming goods and promoting craftsmanship — though there will be more modern elements, like a digital scavenger hunt, too.

The fair starts Friday, Sept. 8, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 10, and features competitions in tractor pulling, vegetable growing, animal raising and specialty crafts. 
“Our goal is to keep agriculture alive in today’s society. The more business and industry, the less agriculture there seems to be around,” said Danielle Deyo, the organization’s president.
The tractor pulls are one of the biggest draws to the fair, Deyo said. The tractors compete in categories: stock farm tractors, modified farm tractors and lawn tractors. The 1,000-pound farming machines can pull up to 5,000 pounds on average, Deyo said. The competition measures how much weight the tractors can pull for six feet without stopping.
While the tractor, horse and truck pulls have grown in popularity over the years, Dayo said, the organization is trying to return to its heritage of promoting education and involvement in agriculture for children and teens. 
“We actually have gone more back to our roots,” said Deyo. “A lot of people don’t realize the amount of agriculture that goes into the fair.”
Working with the 4-H youth development program, the fair hosts competitions for children and teens who have grown their own vegetables and raised their own animals.
“I’m hoping the younger generations will come up and be interested in the different crafts,” said Deyo.
There are hundreds of categories for home-grown fruits and vegetables, livestock and handcrafted items. Deyo said judges look for quality and not necessarily size in the produce categories. 
Jenell George works for UNH Cooperative extension, which partners with the 4-H organization and has been involved with the fair for 15 years. 
She said the locally grown agriculture the fair promotes has become more important to the local economy in the last decade.
“It’s increasingly more important. People want to know how their food is grown, where it comes from, and they want to talk to the people who made it,” said George.
To stay current, the fair has adopted a digital archival system so they can easily access records on past winners in the hundreds of competition categories. 
“The biggest change we’ve seen is in tech emergence,” said George.
A digital scavenger hunt utilizing Snapchat and Instagram will have players finding items at the fair and then posting their finds on the social media platforms.
The 4-H students compete in categories related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. On Sunday, for example, there will be a 4-H robotics demo featuring computerized machines that the kids have worked on all year.
And then there’s the 4-H Chicken Crowing Contest and Agility Show.
“They actually dress up the chickens and do a little parade,” said Dayo.
In other animal action, the Renaissance Stable Horse Vaulting Team will perform for the first time in the fair’s history, according to Dayo. The performers do dance and gymnastic routines while riding on the backs of trained horses that circle the pen. 
Food vendors and carnival rides will fill the fairgrounds throughout the weekend. Deyo said her favorite food vendors are Jeff Young’s fried Oreos, Twinkies and candy bars, Pat’s Cider Doughnuts, which are served fresh out of the fryer, and Angelino’s Sausage, which has been at the fair for 30 years.





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