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Hopkinton State Fair returns for a five-day run through Labor Day

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  • Jullian Strong from New Boston and a member of the Hillsborough County 4-H uses shears on Sunflower on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at the Hopkinton State Fair. The fair runs through Labor Day. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Jullian Strong from New Boston and a member of the Hillsborough County 4-H brushes Sunflower on Thursday at the Hopkinton State Fair. The fair runs through Labor Day. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

  • Jeannine Poire of Belmont washes her nephew’s sheep on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at the Hopkinton State Fair. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Jeannine Poire of Belmont washes her nephew’€™s sheep on Thursday at the Hopkinton State Fair.

  • Jonathon Landry of Bow washes down Ruby at the Hopkinton State Fair on Thursday.

  • William Wareing rides a antique tractor at the Morrill Family Farm Museum at the Hopkinton State Fair on Thursday, September 2, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • William Wareing directs his cousin Kirk Morrill on his front loader as the two move an antique belt-driven drill into a covered area of the Morrill Farm Museum at the Hopkinton State Fair.

  • William Wareing rides an antique tractor into the Morrill Family Farm Museum at the Hopkinton State Fair on Thursday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Goats lay in a pen near the entrance gate at the Hopkinton State Fair on Thursday, September 2, 2021. The fair runs through Labor Day. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 9/3/2021 5:04:00 PM

The Hopkinton Fair has returned this week with an added day to its 2021 schedule after canceling last year like so many other events. Even this spring, there was questions as to whether the fall fair would return.

The fair opened Thursday evening with “Townie Night,” where residents of Hopkinton could attend for free. It continues Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Monday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The usual exhibits are back with a giant pumpkin display, grange and 4-H competition, vendors, midway, livestock shows, pulling competitions, music, petting zoo, arts and crafts display, and of course, fair food.

Stage entertainers include Jason Tardy with comedy and juggling; Peter Mamos, a hypnotist; folk and bluegrass musicians Dan Morgan and Lynda Nelson; and country musician Nicole Knox Murphy.

Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean will perform daily with high wire and Wheel of Destiny acts. Axe Women Loggers of Maine, Dock Dogs, and Ben Rinsney, wood sculptor will also have demonstrations.

Single-day passes are $14 for teens and adults, $8 for children ages 3-12, $12 for seniors 60 and older. A “fair fans” pass covering all days is $39 for everyone. Children younger than 3 and military members with ID are free. Additional passes are available for the Demolition Derby, Monster Truck Tour, Northeast Six Shooters, and midway rides. Most passes are offered at a discount online compared to those purchased at the gate.

The fair does not offer refunds and may close early for extreme weather.

The fair’s website and Facebook page do not list any pandemic precaution requirements, such as masking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still advise the wearing of masks in crowds and indoor areas, particularly for those who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus.

For the full schedule or to purchase tickets, visit hsfair.org.




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