The Bolton Fair is an agricultural fair that began as a small town celebration in 1874. At its inception, animal shows and agricultural exhibits were the heart of the fair - and we are proud to say still are to this day. There's also great food and entertainment, crafts, commercial exhibits, a farmers' market, midway rides, demolition derbies, and lots of educational demonstrations. Now, as in the beginning, the Bolton Fair is organized entirely by volunteers and typically draws annual attendance of approximately 30,000.
The committee that puts on the Bolton Fair includes more than 100 volunteers who help to run animal shows, set up exhibits, prepare the grounds and maintain equipment, plan and organize exhibits and entertainment, publicize events, arrange parking, take tickets, check in vendors, and clean up when it's all over!
The Bolton Fair, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization operating under the rules and regulations of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Division of Public Charities. Any contributions are deductible to the extent provided by law, less the value of any goods or services received.
The Bolton Fair awards several scholarships each year to local students who plan to pursue higher education and have had involvement with the fair or share its goals of agricultural preservation.
The Noel Hanson Memorial Scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to a high school senior who has demonstrated significant service to the fair for at least one year, and who has shown consistent academic progress.
The Nan Norseen Memorial Scholarship of $500 is awarded to a student who has shown involvement in agriculture at the fair.
For the 2021 -2022 School Year, a scholarship in memory of Dan Torres will be awarded to a student with a passion and interest in pursuing a career or higher education in music.