Becki’s Blog: Barnstable County Fair

There’s absolutely nothing like that old-time, small-town feel of county fairs. They’re filled with entertainment, fun activities for children, exhibits you can spend hours at, and delicious food. Each year, the Barnstable County Fair returns to the Cape, bringing thousands upon thousands of visitors and its residents to this wonderful week-long event.

The Barnstable County Fair held its first event in 1844 and at this time, the event consisted of livestock and handcraft exhibits. Fifty years later, the Barnstable County Fair had become the most popular annual event on Cape Cod. By the early 1900s, there were various venues, entertainment, and popular exhibits being held, all of which were sponsored by local organizations. Over a hundred years later, the exhibits and venues have grown so much and has become so popular; it’s a hit year after year.

From July 18 to July 24, there will be various sources of entertainment for people of all ages. Daily attractions includes Sea Lion Splash and Birds of Prey. You can purchase wristbands for just $25 and ride all day as many times as you want. There will be exhibitions and shows at the main stage every day. As for vendors, they include arts & crafts and specially baked goods.

Admission: $12 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Kids under 5 are admitted free if there’s a paying adult with them. Senior Citizens and those with valid military ID pay $9.

Fair hours Monday – Thursday: 4 PM to 10 PM.
Fair hours Friday & Saturday: Noon to 11 PM.
Fair hours Sunday: Noon to 9 PM.
Midway remains open an hour later each evening.

Contact the staff at Barnstable County Fair by emailing or by calling 508-563-3200. You can also visit the webpage at


Author: Mashpee Chamber of Commerce

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