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 Agricultural Fairs for a complete guide to fairs in the state.
August 10-12, 2012
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.-11:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Special Features: Live Music, Modified Tractor Pull, Livestock Judging, Helicopter Rides, Monster Truck Show, Demolition Derby.
August 17-19, 2012
Hartford County 4-H Fair
Four Town Fair Grounds, 56 Egypt Road, Somers, CT
Admission: $5 for adults and seniors, free for children under 12 and seniors on Friday
Hours: Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Special Features: Livestock Judging, Road Race, Battle of the Bands, Horse Show, Truck and Tractor Pulls.
August 23-26, 2012
15 Fairgrounds Road/Route 169, Brooklyn, CT
Admission: $10 for adults; $6 for seniors on Friday only, free for children 12 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.-11 p.m.
Special Features: Opening Night Fireworks, Animal Exhibits, Carnival Rides and Midway, Main Stage Entertainment including Jack Ingram (Friday) and Changes in Latitudes (Sunday).
August 31-September 3, 2012
Haddam Neck Fair
26 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck, CT
Admission: $7 for adults, $6 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 The McLovins on Saturday.
September 6-9, 2012
Hebron Harvest Fair
Hebron Lions Fairgrounds, 347 Gilead Street (Route 85), Hebron, CT
Admission: $12, free for children 12 and under, free for seniors on Friday only until 4 p.m.; there is a charge for on-site parking; off-site parking and shuttle service are free
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, World Championship Blacksmithing, Stage Entertainment.
September 6-9, 2012
Evergreen Walk, 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, Sword Swallower and Other Performers.
September 13-16, 2012
Four Town Fair
Egypt Road, Somers, CT
Admission: $8 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 (Saturday and Sunday), CT Renegades Cowboy Mounted Shooters (Saturday), Horse Show (Sunday).
September 27-30, 2012
Routes 17 & 68, Durham, CT
Admission: $15 ($10 on Thursday) for adults (or $40 for all four days), $13 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 Kenny Rogers and Kellie Pickler, Children's Activities and Shows, Carnival Midway (featuring the Super Coaster), Talent Show, Pulling Contests, Livestock Competitions.
October 5-7, 2012
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. - 6:30 p.m.
Special Features: Xtreme Team Bullriders, Arts & Crafts, Animal Exhibits, Rides and Games, Stage Entertainment, Racing Pigs, Celebrity Kart Race (Sunday).
October 12-14, 2012
Exchange Club Grounds, Route 17A (Main Street), Portland, CT
Admission: $8 for adults. $6 for seniors, and free for children 10 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.