*Disclosure–Thank you to the Marshfield Fair for the MEGAPASSES for our family to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own, as always!
Growing up, I spent many summer days at our Upstate New York county fairs. Many hours were spent watching pig races and tractor pulls, eating fried dough and cotton candy, exploring the craft barns, conning my nana and poppa into buying me balloons and toys, visiting my uncle’s cows and all the other livestock my parents wouldn’t let me have as pets, riding the rides, and singing along with the bands at the performance stage. The fair is a big part of my childhood memories and I love sharing that experience with Avery.
This year we visited a new-to-us fair. The Marshfield Fair in Marshfield MA. We’d hard great things about this fair from friends, but had never had the chance to visit it ourselves. This year we were determined to make the time!
The Marshfield Fair has so much to offer! From the awesome entertainment and the thrill rides and games in the midway, to the food and creative craft vendors, to the horticulture and agriculture, and the butterfly and chick hatcheries, and, and, and, and…. we didn’t want to leave!
We really had a WONDERFUL day at the Marshfield Fair and we know you’ll love it too! Here are some of our favorite things about the fair!
Our first stop at any fair is always a visit to see the animals in the 4-H barns. We visited with the cows first. Avery and I adore cows and I think we could spend a full day just hanging out with them!! We also saw goats, many varieties of chickens, bunnies (even wee little baby bunnies!), and horses.
As soon as we walked through the entry gate, Avery was asking when we were going to eat. After our time with the animals, we strolled around the fairgrounds, checking out the food options. There were so many! It was hard to choose, but eventually Avery decided on a foot-long hot dog (well, TWO actually!) while Dave and I grabbed super delicious burgers from Northern Soul. We highly recommend them! Not just because the food was so good, but because the family that owns it is so wonderful! The dad gave Avery a freeze pop, and their young daughter delivered our food so we didn’t have to wait and could sit and listen to the band. If you’re craving a burger (or pulled pork egg rolls, or waffle fries, or linguica hot dogs) give them your business! Later in the evening we had ice cream, snow cones, and of course, friend dough!
When I say there is so much to see…I mean there is SO MUCH to see! We honestly couldn’t get to everything we wanted, but we enjoyed a few fun shows! There was a magic show, a lumberjack show, live bands on the family stage, and musical performers in other areas as well. Definitely check the daily schedule so you don’t miss out on any great shows!
We had the MEGAPASS includes a ride wristband for unlimited mechanical rides. I knew they’d have a TON of rides, but I wasn’t sure if there would be anything that Avery could ride (or that I’d let her ride lol) We were all pleasantly surprised to find a whole area of the midway with rides that were perfect for the younger and smaller thrill seekers! Avery rode the scrambler, carousel, Dragon Wagon coaster, Hot Shot, and ran through the funhouses over and over and over again! And she did it all by herself! Here are a whole bunch of pictures to prove it!!
The Scavenger Hunt:
The Great Family Scavenger Hunt was our favorite thing about the fair. It really made it even more special, and ensured that we didn’t miss an opportunity to learn something new! We met beekeepers, ham radio operators, wood carvers, a blacksmith, birds of prey, a bunch of farmers, and more! At each station Avery received a stamp and once she had them all, she received a prize! It really was a fun experience for our family, and I highly recommend your family not miss out on it when you visit the fair. It’s easy to spend all your time in the midway, but don’t forget there is so much more to the Marshfield Fair, and so many interesting people to meet!
That right there is the face of a kid who had so much fun, learned so much, and was SUPER proud of her successful scavenger hunt!! After a long day, we made walk back to our car. Tired legs, bellies full of yummy food, happy hearts, and heads full of the memories we made at The Marshfield Fair!
The Marshfield Agricultural and Horticultural Society presents…
The 151st Marshfield Fair
August 17– 26, 2018
$10.00 (Children 6 & under FREE)
Parking on-grounds $5.00
Noon – 10 pm
140 Main Street
Marshfield, MA 02050