From the President – 2024

“Come to the Fair – Once Upon a Time in Guilford”

Fair Friends:

The Guilford Fair, and The Guilford Agricultural Society, have been a part of Guilford life since 1859. The Fair itself has evolved over the years, with the old fair taking place on Guilford Green, before moving to the Fairgrounds in 1969. The theme of “Once Upon a Time in Guilford” will be the focus of the Fair Parade this year, and participants will be able to celebrate the history of Guilford and the tradition that is the Guilford Fair.

In this my 25th year as President of the Agricultural Society, our mission is to continuously work to maintain and improve the private property that is owned by the Guilford Agricultural Society and known as the Guilford Fairgrounds, all for the benefit of the local community and beyond. This year we built two new barns with the help of a grant from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, the superb craftsmanship of the Amish barn raisers, as well as generous donations of time and equipment from volunteers and local businesses. My goal, and that of the Ag Society, has been to continuously improve the facilities on the Fairgrounds, and these new barns are a milestone in achieving that goal.

In the spirit of continuously upgrading and improving the Fairgrounds for the benefit of the whole community, I would encourage young people to get involved with the Agricultural Society. I have been a part of the Fair since I was a teenager, and our youth will be the future of the Fair for many generations to come, so keeping this wonderful tradition alive. Start by becoming an exhibitor and submit an entry to one of our many categories, in either Barnyard, or Vegetables, or Photography, and win a ribbon. We always look forward to seeing these treasured entries. Or think about becoming Junior Members of the Agricultural Society and learning about its part in Guilford’s agricultural history.

While the Fair is an old tradition in Guilford, the Agricultural Society is continuously working on making the Fairgrounds more accessible to everyone. The weekly Farmers Market continues this year and emphasizes the abundance of local produce and crafts, as well as providing a venue to enjoy music and food, in the beautiful setting of the Fairgrounds.

As we celebrate “Once Upon a Time in Guilford” please come and enjoy the Guilford Fair in September, check out the new barns, and enjoy the entertainment, food, and animals. We all at the Ag Society want to make the Fairgrounds and the Guilford Fair a place for happy memories to be made and treasured. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces.

— John Hammarlund, President, Guilford Agricultural Society