The Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Agricultural Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the purpose of the Society was then as it is now: “To promote agriculture, agricultural education, and agricultural science in the Commonwealth.” Exhibitions, displays, competitions and demonstrations were the “tools of choice” as the Society went about fulfilling its purpose. Premiums are still awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in a variety of agricultural and domestic categories.
Over two centuries later, and without interruption, the purpose on which the Society was built still provides an umbrella over which the Fair events are presented to the public. Each year, the Fair has evolved to offer a variety of experiences for its Fairgoers from farmers sharing their farming techniques, carnivals, games, thoroughbred horse racing (which ended in 2005), livestock demonstrations, crafts, demolition derbies, music, foods and unique entertainment performances as we prepare for harvest. Guests come to experience programs and events that they can not receive anywhere except at the fair.
We look forward to your next visit to the Three County Fair!