PAST & FUTURE

FUTURE FAIR DATES

September 10-13, 2020

September 9-12, 2021

September 8-1, 2022

September 7-10, 2023

September 5-8, 2024

FAIR DEDICATION

2019 - Bernice Barrasso

PREVIOUS DEDICATIONS

2018 Carl Zirkenbach & Richard “Dick” Keefe
2017 Raymon “Ray” Campbell


Fair History

An annual event since 1971, The Hebron Harvest Fair has grown to become one of the largest agricultural fairs in Connecticut with unique attractions, fan favorite food and four days of fun. The Hebron Harvest Fair is produced by the Hebron Lions Agricultural Society, a 501(c)(5) 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 thru the Hebron Lions Charities, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The Hebron Lions Agricultural Society is a member of the Association of Connecticut Fairs (ACF) and the International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE).

From a small district fair that ran for three days in 1971 and drew a few thousand people on the donated grounds on Wall Street in Hebron, a giant has grown. The detailed history of how it happened has been told many times, so let’s take a look at what it has become in 40 years. The Hebron Harvest Fair originated as a small indoor fair at a local school and was run by the Recreation Council of Hebron.

The Council asked the newly formed Hebron Lions Club to assume sponsorship and operation of the Fair in 1971. The Fair was held on a lot on Wall Street across from RHAM High School. The first Hebron Harvest Fair was well attended and the Fair was registered with the Association of Connecticut Fairs, for the first two years as a district fair, then as a major fair in Connecticut. In 1972, the Hebron Lions Club purchased 84 acres of land on Route 85 in Hebron, known presently as the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds. That year enough land was cleared to put on the 1972 Hebron Harvest Fair. Since that day 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.

As the fairgrounds were developed heavy equipment such as a backhoe, loader, skid steer and trucks were purchased. Some equipment was donated by various businesses in Connecticut to expand and maintain the fairgrounds. Currently the fairgrounds is upgraded and maintained on a year round basis by volunteers from the Hebron Lions Club, Hebron Leos Club and many volunteers from the community.

Hebron Harvest Fair is a country agricultural fair featuring animal displays, various food, animal pulls, truck pulls, country music, carnival midway, and something to do for the entire family. With such performers from Nashville, TN as; Charlie Daniels, Kenny Chesney, Michelle Wright, Pirates Of The Mississippi, Shenandoah, Aaron Tippin, Craig Morgan and Ricky Skaggs the Hebron Harvest Fair grew to be one of the largest fairs in Connecticut.  The Fair broke all attendance records in 2013 when we lucky to have booked Florida Georgia Line right before they hit it big.  Actually, the day FGL played the Fair, they were booking new dates for more than ten times what they were being paid for playing us that day.

Hebron Lions Club is very proud to distribute profits from the Hebron Harvest Fair to many nonprofit organizations, offers scholarships and many other projects that improve life of the people in our community, state, country and through Lions Club International, the whole world. The Hebron Lions Club would like to thank the community, volunteers and everyone associated with the Hebron Harvest Fair for making the Fair successful.


Past Fair Presidents

2018 Michael Tarbell

2017 Michael Tarbell

2016 Michael Tarbell

2015 Michael Tarbell

2014 Adam Miclette

2013 Adam Miclette

2012 John Johnson Jr, CVFM

2011 John Johnson Jr, CVFM

2010 John Johnson Jr, CVFM

2009 Steve Beauchene, VMD

2008 Steve Beauchene, VMD 

2007 Robert Lee

2006 Robert Lee

2005 Bob Schadtle

2004 Bob Schadtle

2003 Don David

2002 Don David

2001 Richard Spadarzewski

2000 Richard Spadarzewsk

1999 Betty Dove

1998 Betty Dove

1997 Donald Spragg

1996 Donald Spragg

1995 Norman Dorval

1994 Norman Dorval

1993 Aaron "Steve" Reid 

1992 Peter Cafazzo

1991 Philip Bradley

1990 Bill Garrison

1989 Michael MacBryde

1988 Michael MacBryde

1987 Ernest Reed

1986 Ernest Reed

1985 Bruce MacBryde

1984 Bruce MacBryde

1983 Charles Barrasso

1982 Bruce MacBryde

1981 Ernest Reed

1980 Bruce MacBryde

1979 Ernest Reed

1978 Ramon Campbell

1977 Leo Tierney

1976 Leo Tierney

1975 Wilbur Dennis

1974 Wilbur Dennis

1973 Wilbur Dennis

1972 Wilbur Dennis

1971 Wilbur Dennis