New Hampshire's Long Love-Hate Relationship with its Agricultural Fairs

Presenter: Stephen Taylor

The first agricultural fair in North America was held in what is now Londonderry in 1722, and it would become a wildly popular event lasting for generations until it came to be so dominated by gambling, flim-flam, and other "scandalous dimensions" that the legislature revoked its charter in 1850. But fairs have always had strong supporters and eventually the state came around to appropriating modest sums to help them succeed. Temperance groups and others would continue to attack the fairs on moral grounds and their close connection to horse racing was a chronic flashpoint. Steve Taylor will discuss the ups and downs of the fairs down through years and how public affection for rural traditions helps them survive in contemporary times. This program is available as an in-person or online presentation. 

Event Details


Wednesday, October 26, 2022 6:00pm


Tuftonboro Town House
247 Middle Road
Center Tuftonboro NH 03816

Hosted By:

Tuftonboro Historical Society

Contact Info:

Jackie Rollins, 603-544-3252