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North Haverhill Fair returns for 77th season

The 77th Annual North Haverhill Fair returns this week after taking a hiatus in 2020. Gates open on July 28. (Photo by Angel Larcom) (click for larger version)
July 29, 2021
HAVERHILL — North Haverhill Fair organizers are thrilled to be back on track after COVID prevented the time-honored event from occurring last summer. Gates open on Wednesday, July 28, and the five-day experience continues until Sunday, Aug 1.

"Last year was a tough year to get through, saying nothing about the pandemic itself. We couldn't go anywhere or do anything, but this year we can and it's looking very promising," said board member Gary Scrunton.

While mask mandates no longer exist in the state, Scrunton said attendees would find numerous hand sanitizer stations throughout the fairgrounds. Rotating crews will also sterilize dining areas and bathrooms throughout the event.

Although the Board of Directors spent the better part of the year planning to re-open, they didn't officially green light the event until last month. Last year's scheduled headliners, Recycled Percussion and Alex Shillo's Tribute to Bruce Springsteen, will take the stage this weekend. The event typically draws between 20,000 and 25,000 people.

Fairgoers can anticipate a few new elements at this year's event, including a working cattle show and an SUV demolition derby. Other additions include Scott's World of Magic and dog agility demonstrations by Aim High Canines out of Manchester.

While the minivan demolition derbies no longer occur, Scrunton said fans can still catch the six-cylinder demolition derby on Wed night and a four-cylinder event on Friday night. Other automotive events include a classic car show, log loader demonstrations, tractor pulls, mini-pullers and a 4x4 truck pull on Sunday.

In addition to the new working cattle show, ox pulling events are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Ponies will take over Bishop Arena on Friday, and the weekend is devoted to horse events. An array of 4H animals will be on display again this year, but the number may be decreased due to a lack of training opportunities during COVID.

The North Haverhill's Got Talent show returns with four judges, including Phil Rivera from WLTN Radio and Mary Choate from the Summertime Marching Band. Mark Shelton and the Johnny Cash Tribute Band will also take the fair stage.

The ever-popular Midway also returns to the North Haverhill Fairgrounds, as do the popular helicopter rides. Gate admission is $12 per person over the age of 12. Children five to 12 are $3. Parking remains free, as does gate entry for children under five. Midway ride tickets are separate, as is food.

Visit www.nohaverhillfair.com to locate a complete schedule of all fair events.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
Varney Smith
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