A Weekend in Hardwick – Les Campbell and a Fair

Hardwick Community FairThe third weekend in August is always an exciting few days here in Hardwick as the town hosts the annual Hardwick Community Fair. Held on the Hardwick town common, the fair is recognized as the oldest fair in the United States with this year marking it’s 252nd
anniversary. It is always packed with family friendly activities that everyone will enjoy, and embraces the local agriculture community with exhibits, booths and more. 

Only a quick 10 minute drive from the town common, Hardwick Vineyard and Winery always looks forward to hosting fair attendees.  We are excited to be adding to the area’s weekend festivities with some great events right here at the Winery:

  • This Friday, August 15th our weekend kicks of with an Artist Reception to celebrate the 89th birthday of acclaimed photographer Les Campbell as part of our Celebrate A.R.T. series. The event is open to the public and will showcase his work from “The Early Years”, including black & white portraits and nature photography.  
  • Saturday, August 16th the Winery will be open for tastings 11am – 6pm so stop by before or after you visit the Fair to view exhibits, enjoy the Chicken BBQ and take part in a true New England tradition. 
  • To wrap the weekend up, join us for our weekly Sangria Sunday (11 a.m.-6p.m.) with live music starting at 2:30. We recommend grabbing a delicious breakfast from Rose 32 and taking a scenic drive to check the Ware–Hardwick Covered Bridge or the Quabbin Reservoir on the way. 

Whether you’re looking for the perfect summer day trip or a weekend away (check out our list of additional attractions and great B&B’s here), the beautiful countryside and local attractions of Hardwick are always a good bet, but a trip during the 3rd weekend in August will be something you’ll never forget.