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 that they still are to this day. There's also extensive food and entertainment, crafts, commercial exhibits, farmers' market vendors, midway rides, demolition derbies, motorsports shows, tractor pulls and lots of educational demonstrations. Now, as in the beginning, the Bolton Fair is organized entirely by volunteers who work on planning throughout the year.
The committee that puts on the fair includes more than 100 volunteers who help to run animal shows, set up exhibits, prepare the grounds and maintain equipment, plan and organize entertainment, publicize events, manage 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 and/or share goals of agricultural preservation.
The Noel Hanson Memorial Scholarship 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.