Three County Fair
September 4-7, gates open at 11 a.m (except Friday - opens at 4pm). Demolition derbies held on Friday and Sunday nights of the fair.
Friday, Sept. 4 – It all begins on Friday when gates open at 4 p.m. and the midway and craft and vendor booths, as well as all agricultural exhibits and the racing museum open for the run of the fair. Other events on Friday include the every popular Demolition Derby, New England Championship Horse Pull, King Arthur Flour Baking Contest, and a wine tasting. The Cattle Barn will host a Guernsey, Ayshire and Milking Shorthorn Cattle Show. For some laughs, the Shriners Clowns will be strolling throughout the fairgrounds. And, there will also be music by Celtic Heels, Soul Sensations, Back Nine and the Travis Colby Band.
Saturday, Sept. 5 – There will be plenty of action on Saturday when the Massachusetts Truck Pullers return, along with a Teamsters Challenge and a kiddie tractor pull. Shiny clean machines will be on display as part of the fair's Classic Car Show. On the fair's agricultural side, there will be an Adult Sheep Show, Youth Oxen Show, Beef Cattle Show, a Jersey, Holstein and Brown Swiss Cattle Show and others. Musical entertainment will feature Phil in the Rough, Standing Bear Band, and a daylong Battle of the Bands at the Music Tent. Even Smokey Bear will make an appearance to promote his popular message: "Only you can prevent forest fires."
Sunday, Sept. 6 – All the fun of the Demolition Derby returns on Sunday, along with the Massachusetts Mini Tractor Pullers and a Teamsters Draft Horse Challenge. The focus on agriculture continues with a Boer Goat Show, Youth Dairy Fitting and Showmanship, Youth Swine Show, and the Antique Engine and Tractor Show. There will also be an apple pie contest and sale in the exhibition hall. To help protect your kids, the Hampshire County Sheriffs Department will be offering their Kids ID Program. Musical entertainment throughout the day will feature Phil in the Rough, Moose and the High-Tops, and Preachin' the Blues
Monday, Sept. 7 – As the fair winds down, there is still plenty of fun and foods of all kinds awaiting fairgoers. There will still be time to get in that last ride on the midway, stop by the many fair exhibits, and take in a livestock or animal show or two such as the Youth Rabbit Show, Youth Sheep Show, Dog Show and many others. Also, the Melha Shriners Clowns will continue their daily strolls throughout the fair, wine tasting is still filling glasses, and crafters and other vendors will still be selling and displaying their wares. And, as part of the fair's Monday Music Fest, the Eric Olsen Band, Alchemystics, Mary Jane Jones, Lux Deluxe, Rambling Kind and Outer Stylie will perform.
Adults are $10, 8 in advance; seniors and veterans are $8, $7 in advance; children 11 and under are free. Demolition derby tickets are $5.
This year marks the 198th edition of the Three County Fair – one of the longest consecutive running agricultural fairs in the country – which remains true to its original constitution “to promote agriculture, agricultural education, and agricultural science in the Commonwealth.”
Fairgrounds, 41 Fair St., Route 9, Northampton
HOW TO GET HERE
- From the North:
- Take I-91 South, Exit 20
- At traffic light, left on Damon Road
- At next light, right onto Route 9
- 1/4 mile, fairgrounds on left.
- From the South:
- Take I-91 North, Exit 19
- Bear left on Route 9
- 1/4 mile, fairgrounds on left.