Here's a look at 10 agricultural fairs within a short driving distance of Hartford: Connecticut's central capital city. Visit the Web site of the Association of Connecticut Fairs for a complete guide to fairs in Connecticut.
August 9-11, 2013
Lebanon Country Fair
Lebanon Lions Fairgrounds, 122 Mack Road, Lebanon, CT
Admission: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, free for children under 12.
Hours: Friday 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Special Features: Live Music, Doodlebug Pull, Livestock Judging, Helicopter Rides, Dirt Drag Racing, Demolition Derby.
August 16-18, 2013
Hartford County 4-H Fair
Four Town Fair Grounds, 56 Egypt Road, Somers, CT
Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children ages 7-12, free for children under 7
Hours: Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Special Features: Livestock Judging, Road Race, Horse Draw, Live Music, Amusement Rides, Animal Talks.
August 22-25, 2013
15 Fairgrounds Road/Route 169, Brooklyn, CT
Admission: $10 for adults; $6 for seniors on Friday only, free for children 11 and under; parking is $5 per car.
Hours: Thursday 4-11 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Special Features: Animal Exhibits, Carnival Rides and Midway, Tina Timber's World Champion Lumberjills, Main Stage Entertainment including Jerrod Niemann (Friday) and Soul Sound Revue (Sunday).
August 30-September 2, 2013
Haddam Neck Fair
26 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck, CT
Admission: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, free for children under 12; parking is free
Hours: Friday 4-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Special Features: Rides, Circus, Skillet Throwing Contest, Musical Entertainment including Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters on Sunday.
September 5-8, 2013
Hebron Harvest Fair
Hebron Lions Fairgrounds, 347 Gilead Street (Route 85), Hebron, CT
Admission: $12 ($13 on Sunday), free for children 12 and under, free for seniors on Friday only until 4 p.m.; parking is $5 Thursday after 5 p.m., Friday after 4 p.m. and all weekend
Hours: Thursday 4-10 p.m.; Friday 12 noon to 11 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Special Features: Carnival/Midway, Family Agricultural Entertainment, Dock Dogs, Demolition Derby, The Farmer's Cow Country Showdown, Stage Entertainment including Florida Georgia Line on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
September 5-8, 2013
Evergreen Walk, 100 Cedar Avenue, South Windsor, CT
Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for seniors, free for children under 57"; parking is free
Hours: Thursday 6-10 p.m.; Friday 6-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Special Features: Animal Exhibits, Racing Pigs and Ducks, Midway, Doodlebugs, Two by Two Zoo, Live Music.
September 12-15, 2013
Four Town Fair
Egypt Road, Somers, CT
Admission: $10 for adults ($6 on Thursday), free for children 12 years and under, $5 for seniors on Thursday and Friday; parking is free.
Hours: Thursday and Friday 4-11 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m; and Sunday 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Special Features: Midway, Antique & Farm Machinery, Livestock, Stage Entertainment, Children's Activities, Bingo, Wacky Rubber Duck Races (Friday through Sunday), CT Renegades Cowboy Mounted Shooters (Saturday), Horse Show (Sunday), Live Music.
September 26-29, 2013
Routes 17 & 68, Durham, CT
Admission: $13 ($8 on Thursday) for adults (or $32 for all four days), $10 for seniors, free for children 11 and under; parking is $5 per car
Hours: Thursday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Special Features: Nationally Known Music Stars including Justin Moore and Josh Turner, Children's Activities and Shows, Carnival Midway, Talent Show, Pulling Contests, Livestock Competitions.
October 4-6, 2013
430 Beckley Road, East Berlin, CT
Admission: $12 adults, $8 seniors, free for children 11 and under; parking is free
Hours: Friday 11 a.m. -10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Special Features: Xtreme Team Bullriders, BMX Bike Stunt Show, Animal Exhibits, Rides and Games, Stage Entertainment (including Jeff Pitchell, J. Geils and G. Beaudoin with Texas Flood and the Jeffetts on Sunday), Racing Pigs, Nutmeg Kart Club Races.
October 11-13, 2013
Exchange Club Grounds, Route 17A (Main Street), Portland, CT
Admission: $10 for adults. $6 for seniors, and free for children 9 and under; parking is free
Hours: Friday 5-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Special Features: Musical Acts, 5K Road Race, Farm Animals.