What began as the 240th anniversary celebration of Stratham, and included just a Lobster Bake and Horse Pulling, has grown into a family event that pulls in more than 40,000 people each year. The summertime tradition of the Stratham Fair, located in the small town of Stratham, New Hampshire, will continue this year. Beginning Thursday, July 19, and running through Sunday, July 22, the fair will boast a number of rides, entertainment, and food.
Sticking to the motto “something for everybody at the Fair,” the fair offers just that. Spectators can watch horse pulls, tractor pulls, and live bands perform on the fairground’s two stages; participants can join in the family events; thrill seekers can ride on the many rides offered by Fiesta Shows; animal lovers can see the many 4-H shows and contests offered throughout the fairgrounds.
The fair also acts as a major fundraising event for many organizations throughout the community. This year, the fair will benefit the Stratham Volunteer Fire Department. The fire department protects homes and businesses in the six square miles that is Stratham. Much of the equipment purchased for the fire department’s use has been paid for by the proceeds of the fair. The fair also helps defray tax costs to the residents of Stratham.
Known as one of the oldest fairs in New England, the Stratham Fair began in 1967. The town of Stratham held a small celebration the year before, in honor of the town’s anniversary. When fun was had by all who came, the town decided to continue hosting this great event. Today, the fair is organized and run by a team of volunteers. These volunteers work together to transform the site of the fair from a blank field into a teeming “city.”
Parking for the Stratham Fair is free on the fairgrounds. Admission prices are as follows:
Children 6-12 and Adults 65 and over- $5.00
Children under 6- Free
Children 6-12 and Adults 65 and over- $12.00
Thursday, grandparents get in free when accompanied by at least one child under 12.
Yellow Ribbon Day:
Friday, free admission for Military Personnel and dependents with ID.
Other discounts and specials are available. Check the website for more details.
To learn more about the fair, visit the Stratham Fair’s website.