…by Anura Guruge
Not sure why but this year’s Huggins Fair does not seem to be getting much publicity. To be fair, they probably don’t need it. Those that know, know it is always the first Friday and Saturday of August.
It is one of our perennial favorites and we were distraught that we could not attend last year because we had to go to Boston to meet with a cousin visiting from Canada.
I have been going to the Huggins Fair since 1993. I had a place on Shaw’s Pond, 6 miles down the road from Wolfeboro. My neighbor there, Pauline, would readily admit that Huggins Fair was the highlight of her year. She would shepherd her whole large family over to the Brewster grounds early on Friday morning so that they could be right up front, by the ribbons, when the fair was officially opened at 10 am. As part of her extended family, I too started going there before the Fair started. I don’t do that anymore. I go late on Saturday evening, instead.
This is by no means the largest, fanciest or exciting fairs of NH. It does not set out to be any of that. The tone is more of languid NE charm. You can’t beat the location. The views of Winnipesaukee are spectacular. It is a wonderfully friendly atmosphere. The kids love the rides. The food always smells great.
The huge book tent is my favorite. Don’t forget that Wolfeboro has as its residents some heavy duty intellectuals and Old Money (not to mention Romney). So you will always find some interesting, possibly even rare non-fiction books. Over the years I have picked up some wonderful art, religion, travel and biography books at the fair.
So, this is just a heads up. If you are there around 5pm on Saturday you should see me. I will be the only brown guy wandering around.