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Autumn Fairs | Connecticut and New England | Local County Fairs


In Connecticut, local, county and regional agricultural fairs begin here in New England usually the last weekend of August and over Labor Day Weekend. The fair season continues throughout September and October, our peak fall foliage season to getaway and enjoy the autumn colors.

Haddam Neck Fair Connecticut Fife and Drum Corp

New England Fairs


As a CTVISIT Ambassador I hope you’ll plan your next visit or long Columbus Day weekend here and turn your day trip or staycation into an educational family field trip!

Over the years we’ve taken our daughters and the grandchildren to many large and small Harvest fairs.  Each fall activity was unique and was good family fun as well as an educational field trip for all. The Lutz Children’s Museum has a fundraiser called Farm Day each year at a local working Connecticut Farm.

At the Haddam Neck Fair we saw the Fife and Drum Corp go by! At the Durham Fair the grandchildren saw farm animals such as Camels, Horses, Llamas, Goats, Sheep, Chickens, Rabbits and Cows at each of the Petting Zoos.

There also was  bird of prey exhibit with wildlife rehabilitators, which featured a Red Tail Hawk and Owl.

The grandchildren were able to watch an exhibit of antique farm machinery and an old fashion corn husker.

Kids, grandchildren, mom, dad and grandparents also enjoyed the carnival fair rides! There was the huge ferris wheel, giant slide, kiddie rides, and I even rode an elephant with my granddaughter at The Big E.

We had lunch before we left to try to be frugal and save some money, yet couldn’t escape the wonderful smells of fried dough and kabobs.  When we do eat at the fairs we like to support local booth endeavors such as the Lions Club, churches or auxiliary fire departments – they tend to have the best value and we’re able to contribute to a good cause.

At the Haddam Neck Fair in Connecticut we enjoyed a delicious chicken barbeque dinner put on by a local church group.

The Eastern States Exposition (The Big E) is held in September and is where all of the New England States are represented at this fair.

You can have a lot of family fun whether you visit Connecticut or make it a frugal staycation for everyone!

For a listing of Connecticut Major Fairs, District Fairs, 4H Fairs and Local Fairs Visit: Association of CT Fairs

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One comment

  1. I have always wanted to visit New England states and your post has just convinced me that my yearning is correct and I should heed the call. Perhaps next year for vacation, sigh….

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