Hopkinton State Fair and Charmingfare Farm offers families tons of opportunities to create lasting memories. While experiencing New Hampshire’s rich agricultural background, there’s plenty of educational, family-friendly fun awaiting you.

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Hopkinton State Fair

The Hopkinton State Fair was originally started as a two-day agricultural event by the Contoocook Board of Trade, which held the first fair on October 5 and 6, 1915, at George’s Park in Contoocook village. The event was named the “Hopkinton Fair” or the “Contoocook Valley Fair”. The net profit for the first fair was just under $5. In 1921, the board expanded the fair to a three-day event from Tuesday through Thursday.

The fair consisted of agricultural exhibits, food vendors, baseball games, horse races, games, amusement rides and sideshow tents. Other entertainment such as the Hopkinton Town Band concerts became quite popular over the years. Ribbon and monetary prize competitions were popular exhibits for livestock and other farm animals.

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Charmingfare Farm

Charmingfare is a real working farm. The fields get plowed and planted, the rooster crows in the morning and the barn cats continue to chase the mice! But there’s so much MORE that the farm offers.

Everything from farm animals to pet and feed, or natural American wildlife like bears and wolves to visit. Summer camp and field trips….special events like the Teddy Bear Picnic, Reptile Day…..concerts, magic shows….hayrides, Halloween rides, pumpkin pickin’ ……horseback trail riding. In the winter…..sleigh rides, Christmas events…. the Sugar Shack!

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