The Hartford Independent Fair is a bargain: A wholesome day-trip for the entire family
While the economy is recovering, folks are still watching their wallets; and one alternative to an expensive week or two summer vacation at some distant location is taking a day-trip (or two) to a local destination for family-oriented fun. The Hartford Independent Fair a bargain — a wholesome day-trip for the entire family
For folks looking for a day filled with fun and entertainment, there’s no better bargain than the August 9 through August 15 Hartford Independent Fair. While prices have gone up for almost everything else during the past year, the Hartford Fair Gate Admission price is a modest $7 for anyone eight and over. It gets even better. On Monday, August 10, Senior Citizens can go through the gate from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. for $3; and all day, every day of the fair, children ages 7 and under are admitted for free. And anyone who has ever been to the Hartford Fair will tell you, the fair’s compact size and wholesome entertainment is suitable for both older and younger family members. Grandstand and bleacher seats are free during all shows throughout the fair; there is no reserved seating and be advised — blankets do not save seats. Paid seats on the track are available for Monday’s grandstand show featuring Clark Manson and Frankie Ballard. To reserve a track seat call the fair office.
The Hartford Fair is a youth-oriented fair. Throughout the week 4-H and FFA club members show projects; and the fair hosts a truck and tractor pull, Figure 8 Pick-up races and demolition derby, motocross racing and a rough truck contest, and there’s harness racing and a championship horse pull.
There will be no charge for general parking. Preferred parking ($20 for the entire week) will be located behind the Swine Complex/First Aide Building. Call 740-893-4881 for a Preferred Parking Permit. A shuttle train will operate daily between parking areas and the fairground. Gate admission does not include amusement rides and games. Rides will operate from 12 noon until 11 p.m. daily. A wristband may be purchased to ride continuously. The cost is $8 to ride from 12 noon to 5 p.m.; and $9 to ride from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
How do you get to the Hartford Fair? From Sunbury take Ohio 37 East 16 miles to the edge of the Johnstown city limits and turn left onto Croton Road (you’ll see the Hartford Fair sign). Drive six miles, and you’ll go through the Village of Croton (also known as Hartford Village). The Hartford Fairgrounds is located approximately ½ mile from the village on the right side of the road.
Want a sneak peek behind the scenes at the Hartford Independent Fair? Stop at the fairground’s Pavilion at 7 p.m., Saturday, August 8, for the Hartford Fair King & Queen Contest. A few food vendors will be open, and you can walk the fairgrounds without a crowd — and there’s no admission charge, it’s free.
For additional information about the 2015 Hartford Independent Fair call (740) 893-4881; or email < firstname.lastname@example.org >, or log on to < hartfordfair.com >.
Drive carefully, and enjoy The 157th Hartford Independent Fair.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola may be reached at 614-266-6093.