Three County Fair returns for 204th year

  • Granny’s Racing Pigs head to the finish line during the Three County Fair, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 at the fairgrounds. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

  • Buses collide during the demolition derby Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 at the Three County Fair. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 9/1/2021 6:36:31 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The Three County Fair returns this weekend for its 204th consecutive year, and unlike last year’s fair, it comes with a full complement of summer activities for the whole family.

Fair organizers call the four-day Labor Day weekend event “a resounding return of the Great Late Summer Fair,” complete with musical performances, agricultural exhibitions, magic and comedy shows, rides and games, and much more on tap.

The Three County Fair is recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the oldest fair in continuous operation in the United States. Due to gathering-size restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fair hosted a small number of exhibitor-only livestock competitions last year.

The fair opens Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 10 a.m.

“We have Rhode Island native Charlie Marie helping us kick things off opening night, who Rolling Stone has identified as one this year’s stars on the rise for country music,” James Przypek, general manager of the Three County Fair, said.

“American Idol” contestant Katherine Winston, from the Berkshire County town of Lenox, will perform Friday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 4 p.m. The Monday show will bring the fair to a close.

Parking at the fairgrounds, located at 54 Fair St., is free. Admission is $15 for ages 12 to 64, free for children under 12 and $10 for seniors over 65 and veterans with military ID.

Musical performances are included in the general admission price. Admission for grandstand events, such as the demolition derbies that take place all four days, is $6 for those 4 and older.

The Northampton Board of Health has imposed a mask mandate in the city requiring virtually everyone, regardless of vaccincation status, to wear a snugly fitting mask over their mouth and nose when indoors in public. The mandate also applies to outdoor events when social distancing is not possible.

Brian Steele can be reached at bsteele@gazettenet.com.

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