Hillsborough fair a drag and lots more
By NANCY BEAN FOSTER
Union Leader Correspondent | September 06. 2013 10:33PM
On Friday afternoon, the carnival rides were quiet, but things will speed up this weekend at the Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair in New Boston. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER/Union Leader Correspondent)
In the pulling ring, Jim Brown boarded his 1956 Ferguson tractor and tried to match the machine's strength against a pile of massive concrete blocks. Pulling the blocks just over a foot was a major feat for the tractor and its operator.
"We're just playing and having fun," said Brown. "I'm just a dumb farmer with nothing else to do."
Brown competes at fairs several times a year. Sometimes luck is with him, and sometimes it isn't.
But Brown likes the fair in New Boston.
"I just love it here," he said. "I like the fair, I like the people, and I like the country."
"It's supposed to simulate what they'd have to do in the woods," said Samantha Locke of Barnstead, who was preparing to compete with her team of horses.Draft horses were used a great deal in New Hampshire's timber industry, Locke said, and were responsible for getting felled trees out of the forest.
For more information visit www.hcafair.com.