The Hopkinton Fair
by Mrs. Ronald L. Falzone
Each year on the first weekend in September the quiet
village of Contoocook comes alive with activity as people from far and near
gather for The Fair. The cars, trucks and trailers, the sights, smells and
sounds are Labor Day Weekend in Contoocook.
The first annual Hopkinton Fair was held by the
Contoocook "Board of Trade" at George1s Park on Tuesday and Wednesday.
October 5 and 6, 1915. The first officers were: President, C.A. Preston;
Sec-Treas, M. F. Davis; Directors, M. J. Walker; George M. Putnam; George
E. Barnard, H. M. Kimball, and J. Arthur Jones; Supt. of Grounds, Arthur C.
By 1920 the fair had grown and included exhibitors from
all the towns in Merrimack County. Premiums had been increased and the boys
and girls had their own building. In 1921 a new exhibit hall and new sheds
were built. The fair was incorporated under the name of the Contoocook
Valley Fair Association in 1934.
In 1954 the fair was obliged to move its buildings and
construct a new race track as the Hopkinton High School was to be built
where the cattle sheds had stood.
Today's fair has one of the best 4-H departments in the
State. There are livestock shows, horse shows and cattle and horse pulling
contests. The midway and exhibits draw great crowds as does the horse racing
and vaudeville acts. Many people are attracted by the parade, the
fireworks, the daredevil auto show and the TV cowboy.
The greatest problem was to put as many of these things
as possible on a quilt square. One could make a whole quilt of the fair! If
I have omitted your favorite please enjoy some of mine. Perhaps my square
was made especially for the children-today’s, tomorrow’s and yesterday’s. Or
perhaps it is for all of us who are drawn to the unique smell of hotdogs and
popcorn and the magical sounds of a merry-go-round floating across the
Thanks are due to all who helped me with this project. I
must thank my daughter and sons for their interest and encouragement,
especially the son from whose shirttail I cut the horses for the
Mrs. Ronald L. Falzone