2023 Sandwich Fair

2023 Sandwich fair ferris wheel

The Sandwich Fair is a time honored family tradition in the NH Lakes Region and Sandwich mountain community.  First, you got the blooming onion tent, the deep fried peanut oil French fries, the Italian sausage with the blackened casing, and bread bowl soups; you got the cobblers and the candy apples, the walnut fudge… I could go on for days.  So, you’d better be putting away those weight watching tofu diets for a grease eating extravaganza.  

You want a pro tip? Wash all those heart cloggers down with the fresh squeezed lemonade and tell yourself it cleansed your arteries. One thing is for certain, you got some calories in ya that will stand behind you all night long. You’re gonna need it if you’re chasing little rug rats around those rides that turn your insides upside down. One things for certain, you’ll be holding down all that rich food you’v been gorging on like a mosquito in a blood bank.  If you do need to let it all out… for the love of all that’s sanitary, don’t do it atop the ferris wheel in this picture.

Next, you got the tractor pulls and these dudes mean business hauling around enough torque to drag your house through hurricane Katrina. Slide on over to the animal stables and check out the gerth on some of those pigs that look like they’ve been fed the candy apples since March. 

Feeling tired from going wicked hard?  Well, head on over to the grand stand and listen to some live music, where your kids will start begging you for a nutella and fluff quesadilla from the food truck that’s usually up that way. Maybe send them over to the rabbit pens, inside the barn, where they can beg you to bring one home until you’re so exhausted that you actually consider it just to hush them up.

Last but not least,  Walk on over to the craft barn and check out the interesting wares being sold from handmade jewelry, to carvings, to artwork, and my favorite, maps.  

Here’s a link to the official site: 


History of the Sandwich Fair

The Sandwich Fair traces its origins to the year 1886 when it was first organized by the Agricultural Society of Sandwich. The fair aimed to showcase the agricultural and livestock achievements of the local community. The event quickly gained popularity, attracting farmers, craftsmen, and visitors from neighboring towns.

Originally held at the original fairgrounds in North Sandwich, the fair later moved to its current location on Route 109 in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire. This relocation occurred in 1909, allowing for more space and improved facilities to accommodate the growing number of attendees.

Over the years, the Sandwich Fair has become an integral part of the local culture and a cherished tradition for both residents and visitors. The fair typically takes place during the first week of October and spans three days, attracting thousands of attendees each year.

The fairgrounds offer a wide range of attractions and activities for all ages. Livestock shows featuring horses, cattle, poultry, and more remain a significant highlight. Visitors can also enjoy agricultural exhibits, horse pulling contests, tractor pulls, and various demonstrations. Additionally, there are rides, games, live entertainment, and a diverse selection of food vendors serving classic fair fare and regional specialties.

One of the unique features of the Sandwich Fair is the emphasis on preserving its historical charm. The fairgrounds include several historic buildings, such as the Grange Hall and the Floral Hall, which serve as venues for exhibits and competitions.

Throughout its history, the Sandwich Fair has continued to evolve while staying true to its agricultural roots. It remains an annual celebration that brings together the local community and visitors, providing a fun-filled experience that showcases the rich agricultural heritage of the region.

Whether you’re interested in agricultural displays, exhilarating rides, live entertainment, or indulging in delicious food, the Sandwich Fair offers a memorable experience for everyone, making it a beloved event in New Hampshire.


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