first Fair was held at George’s Park. It
was a two-day event held on a Tuesday and Wednesday,
October 5 and 6, 1915. The net profit was just under
five dollars. In 1921, the Fair became a three-day event,
held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday became
the "Big Day" as many of
the stores and businesses in Concord
and surrounding towns closed at noon
employees could go to the Fair.
These early fairs were centered on the racetrack.
Many local people had horses and they would show them
off at sulky or harness races. Baseball games were also
a big attraction, held on the ball diamond located inside
of the oval racetrack. The Midway consisted of amusement
rides, games, side show tents, beano and, of course,
food stands. All of the concessions were also located
inside the oval racetrack. The local Contoocook Town
Band held concerts and Vaudeville Stage shows also became
Many people brought livestock, fowl, swine, sheep and other small animals to exhibit for ribbons and
small amounts of money as prizes. Fruits, vegetables, homemade pastries, canned goods, and home
crafts were also very popular exhibits. In 1947 the Fair moved up behind the present Hopkinton High
School, as more room was needed due to the tremendous growth they were experiencing. In 1953 the
Fair moved again to its present location and in 1980 became a 5 day event opening on Thursday and
continuing through Labor Day. In 2014 the decision was made to have the Fair return to a 4 day event.
The fair is currently held Friday through Labor Day.
Over its history, the Hopkinton State Fair has become a large, top-ranked agricultural fair in New
Hampshire and is well known for its agricultural exhibits as well as the fine entertainment which it
furnishes each year. The Directors and Staff endeavor to improve the Fair every year to make it more
enjoyable for our many guests.