Established in 1971, the Hebron Fair has been a mainstay in the CT community for a while. Featuring livestock, fair food, local vendors, live music, rides, and plenty of entertainment, the Hebron Harvest Fair allows the community to come together annually to celebrate the end of summer.
The Hebron Harvest Fair is produced by the Hebron Lions Agricultural Society, a 501c3 non-profit organization. With professional management and volunteer support from the Hebron Lions Club, net proceeds produced from the Hebron Harvest Fair are used to fund grants that support local and national charitable causes. The Hebron Lions Agricultural Society is a member of the Association of Connecticut Fairs (ACF) and the International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE).
The fair's been steadily growing and caters to nearly every audience. It's grown to be one of the largest fairs in CT.
...most of the land at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds has been cleared for the expansion of the Fair. Every year the attendance grew and so did the Fair. Additional 16 acres of land were purchased as the fair steadily grew. Various buildings were built to accommodate the growth of the fair such as; Antiques Building, Arts and Crafts Building, Better Living Building, Department of Environmental Protection Building, and other buildings and animal barns were built as needed.
My roommate Madison and I decided to venture to Hebron and see what all the fuss was about. We aren't necessarily as into this type of agriculture stuff as most of the people in attendance, but we still had a good time. We watched the tractor pull for a while, and despite trying our hardest, we still couldn't understand it on a fundamental level, so we moved on the the fried dough stand. That was more of something we could get behind.
Mostly we wandered around, checking out the cows and goats, and even a camel. We passed through the thoroughfare, stopping into interesting booths selling local honey and crafts. We passed by the traditional fair game booths and rides, but neither of us really trusts large metal contraptions that get folded up and put on trucks and then reassembled...
We settled on chicken tenders and cheese fries (sensing a pattern?) and parked at a picnic table near some live music. The music wasn't necessarily something I'd pay to see on its own, but it certainly" added to the overall fair-type atmosphere.
We left after a few hours, but not without stopping for some lemonade and kettle corn. I'm sure families with young children would find plenty to do all day, but we were tired from all the fried food and the walking, so we headed back to our apartment.
2015 Fair Dates
Fair Hours General Admission Senior (65+) Parking
4pm - 10:30pm $12.00 $12.00 FREE before 5pm
$5.00 after 5pm
Noon - Midnight $12.00 FREE before 4pm FREE before 4pm
$12.00 after 4pm $5.00 after 4pm
9am - Midnight $13.00 $13.00 $5.00
9am - 8:30 pm $13.00 $13.00 $5.00
Next year's dates and prices will likely be similar, but check their website for updates.
Note: all quotes from the Hebron Harvest Fair's website.
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