COVID causes Stratham NH Fair to be canceled for second year in a row

STRAHAM – Organizers of the Stratham Fair have announced that the annual event in aid of the Stratham Volunteer Fire Department is canceled for the second consecutive year due to COVID-19.

The fair website has almost the same note posted from when the pandemic forced organizers to cancel the event last year. It reads: ‘Please note that the fair is cancelled. Protect yourself, everyone.

Stratham Fair President Francisco Marin did not respond to a request for comment.

Resident Patty Lovejoy, a long-time Stratham Fair volunteer who organizes the volunteer gate attendants, said the decision is yet another blow to the community after a difficult year going through the pandemic.

“We’re all disappointed the fair isn’t happening this year,” Lovejoy said Wednesday. “But I completely understand why the organizers didn’t want to go ahead with this year.”

The Stratham Fair is a family event organized and put on by volunteer committee members, many of whom are members of the Stratham Volunteer Fire Department. It has been held every summer since 1966 after what was initially a celebration of the city’s 250th anniversary.

The fair traditionally features rides, games, events and food vendors throughout the four-day event at Stratham Hill Park. Many vendors also support other community organizations, such as an ice cream trailer that benefits the city’s youth baseball program, or a lemonade trailer run by local Boy Scout troops. A petting zoo is usually a big draw for young children. Teenagers tend to flock to rides, carnival games and food trucks.

Each year, the first of a full season of state and agricultural fairs that runs through October, the Stratham Fair typically draws around 15,000 people during the four-day event.

Several other fairs in the state are planning to take place this year, including Cheshire, Belknap County, Hopkinton, Hillsborough County, Rochester and Deerfield.