Fair offering steady lineup of ag shows, entertainment

August 30, 2017

HOPKINTON, N.H. (AP) — This year’s Hopkinton State Fair has a strong lineup in its agricultural shows and entertainment and has new rides to enjoy, a fair board member said Wednesday.

The four-day fair has filled its barn space for beef cattle and dairy and has a big 4-H representation, fair board Treasurer Bob Allen said. In some years, there hasn’t been as much participation due to declines in the industry, but that’s not the case this time, he said.

“We’re really pleased that people are regrouping and coming back,” Allen said.

The 102nd fair will feature a grandstand show on Labor Day by “Recycled Percussion,” the New Hampshire-formed band that’s assisted residents on its television show, “Chaos and Kindness.” A number of country music, folk and blues groups also will perform.

There also will comedians, hypnotists, a truck and tractor pull, a demolition derby, horse and dog shows and educational exhibits on maple syrup, wildlife and farming in the past.

There will be three new rides, including a roller coaster called the Cyclone and a spinning ride called Vertigo that includes a 110-foot tower and gives riders a view of the fairgrounds, said Gene Dean, CEO of Fiesta Shows.

“Just don’t eat right before you get on there,” he said.

And of course, there will be lots of food, including a new “BBQ Saloon.”

The fair, which runs from Friday through Labor Day, had been held for five days in years past; it changed its schedule to four days in 2015 to save money. Even with that change, attendance has held steady at about 70,000 attendees each year.

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