Hardwick Community Fair

Hardwick Community Fair


by John Ciukaj
Thank you, John Ciukaj, for your patience and talent to keep these memories!
We had beautiful weather for the Hardwick Community Fair yesterday! ☀️
Very happy with my auction purchases that included Harry Webb's garlic and Sara Doubleday's gorgeous onions. I am thrilled that I won the balsamic cherry pie. This is truly one of the most beautiful and best tasting pies I have ever eaten. My family would love to know who baked this wonderful creation.
First time at the Fair, it was lots of fun!
Thank you everybody once again for a beautiful fair on a beautiful day!
How much cash should one bring for hayrides and games and such???

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Oldest Fair in the United States! Always the third full weekend (Fri and Sat) in August! August 20 and 21, 2021

President's message:
The Hardwick Fair is a place where old-timers and newcomers gather to renew old friendships and acquaintances; many traveling great distances. It is a traditional Colonial-style country fair with an agricultural theme . . . check out the program. The Common has a variety of activities; many free and others inexpensive, bringing together a blend of old and new. It's a family ev

Operating as usual


The Hardwick Elementary PTO is collecting gently used and new shoes, so clean out those closets! Multiple drop-off locations, now until December 23.


Don’t forget to buy your reusable grocery bags at Hannaford’s in North Brookfield this month to benefit the fair!


If you missed this back in August, don’t worry, it’s back!

The Hardwick Community Fair Association will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Hannaford store located at 5 Gilbert Street, No. Brookfield MA for the month of October.


2021 Road race results!


It was a hot and sticky fair this year, but so glad we were able to enjoy it! Share your fair pics with us, we want to see the fun you had too.


One happy rosette winner!


Today’s events!


Nothing like pancakes to start a fun day of fair activities! Pancake breakfast goes from 7:30 - 10:00am


That fair starts tonight!
Get those exhibits in today by 2:30pm!


Exhibit entires start today (Thursday the 19th).

Please submit your literary writings by 4:00pm today online. Any other exhibit, please come to the registration tent in front of the Town House between 7pm and 9pm this evening, or between 9:00am and 2:30pm tomorrow.


The Horseshoe Contest is made up of singles and doubles matches. All matches are played to 11 points, but one must win by at least 2 points. Entry fee is $5 per person per match, so $10 if one were to play both singles and doubles. Cash prizes are awarded to 1st-3rd places in both categories. Trophies are awarded to the winners. Starts Saturday at 1:30 PM!


Home Baking Challenge


1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, melted
2 cups mashed overripe bananas
3 large eggs
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper or foil liners. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, melted butter, bananas and eggs; mix thoroughly. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk until the batter is evenly moistened. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Bake for about 28 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let the muffins cool for 10 minutes before turning them out onto a rack to cool completely.


Home Baking Challenge


Pie Crust:
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup melted butter
1 egg yolk

Pie Filling:
5 ½ cups peeled and thinly sliced apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup margarine or butter

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter in a small bowl. Pour crumb mixture into a 9” pie pan and press it firmly in the bottom of the pan and up the sides. Refrigerate the crust for at least 10 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and brush bottom and sides of crust with beaten egg yolk. Bake for 5 minutes.

2. Sprinkle apples with lemon juice. In a large bowl stir together ½ cup sugar, ¼ cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Add apples. Gently toss until coated. Spoon into crust.

3. In a small bowl combine ¾ cup flour, ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup brown sugar. Cut in margarine or butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.

4. Bake on baking sheet at 375 degrees about 50 minutes or until topping is golden and filling is bubbly.


A few reminders!

There is limited cell service on the common, so please come prepared with cash! There is a Country Bank ATM machine at the bottom of Lower Rd.

If you plan to park and take the shuttle bus from Eagle Hill school, you will be required to wear a mask inside the van.

Masks are recommended when entering the exhibit halls and there will be masks available for those who may need one.

Please, no dogs unless it is a documented service animal!


Nothing like the veggies at the Hardwick Fair! 🍅 🥬 🫑 🧄 @discovercentralma


Come visit with Ambrosia, our Fairy in human form from the CT Rennaissance Faire. Fairies are allowed to assume a human form several times a year and Ambrosia is visiting the Paige Memorial Library’s Hardwick Fair-y Village on Saturday August 21. Come share her interactive story, dancing, wish making, bubble blowing, and more until she must fly off to another engagement. Bring your wonder and bask in fairy magic for a day.

North Star Henna will be at the Fairy Village for those who want a mini glitter tattoo at special Hardwick Fair prices (subsidized by the Friends of the Paige). Full-size glitter and henna designs available upon request.

Don’t forget to bring your fairy houses on Saturday, August 21 to display in the Hardwick Fair-y Village at the oldest agricultural fair in the United States!

For more information, call 413-477-6704 or email [email protected]

May the Fairies be with you!


The fair is this week! Get your exhibits ready!



Ten days!! The fair is in ten days!!



The Wachusett Medical-Reserve Corps will be hosting a covid-19 vaccine clinic during the fair! Clinic hours will be held on Saturday August 21 from 8am to 3pm. They will be offering both the J&J and Pfizer vaccines.


Remember to preregister for the cattle
Commodity by August 9th! Also please review the listing as there have been some updates:


“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” - Albert Einstein



Calling all amateur photographers!



The earth without art is just “eh”



Over the last year, many people have picked up a old hobby or learned a new skill. Maybe that person is you, or maybe you have shared your knowledge and talents with someone else. Let’s see your handmade creations!



Join us Saturday August 21 at noon for our annual Children’s Parade. The theme is the Olympics!



Lace up those sneakers! The 44th annual Hardwick Fair Road race will begin at 9:00am on Saturday the 21st. Preregister by August 14th for $15, or register the day of for $20. To preregister, simply fill out and mail back the form with payment on our website.



With all the rain we have been getting, our gardens are plentiful! Show us your best vegetables and fruits, we can’t wait to see (and taste!) them.



Are you crafty? We want to see your work! Maybe you are a woodworker, a scrapbooker, a potter, or a jewelry maker? Open to all ages and talents!


Got a great pie crust and blueberry pie recipe? Well dust off those aprons and let’s see them! Exhibit entries will be accepted Thursday evening, August 19th, and Friday August 20th until 2:30. (Literary entries have a slightly earlier deadline of 4:00pm on Thursday the 19th).


There have been some slight changes to a few of the commodities, one of them in the Field Crops commodity. There are now two categories for sunflowers: best three (of the same species) and one for the largest! Open to all ages.


Starting this Sunday, Hannaford’s in North Brookfield will again make a donation to the Hardwick Fair for each reusable bag purchased from August 1 to August 31!


The fair website has been updated with all if this year's exhibits and events info. Please check it out and note that there have been some changes to a few of the exhibits. www.hardwickfair.com
Hope to see you in August!

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