Colebrook Fair set to return Sept. 4

A participant in the the Colebrook Fair's frog jumping contest, along with his
A participant in the the Colebrook Fair's frog jumping contest, along with his "coach." Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.

COLEBROOK — For 76 years, the Colebrook Fair has brought this small community of 1,405 people together with its down-home New England traditions.

The fair includes its annual frog jumping contest, where children bring their frogs out to see which frog can jump the longest distance, along with the fair’s annual pet show with all sorts of animals from dogs, to chickens.

The fair will also include its cardboard boat regatta, where residents get creative and sail cardboard boats at the pond at the end of Cooper Lane.

It will also have a classic car show with car owners bringing out their vintage automobiles made from different decades.

“I was born in Colebrook, so I’ve been coming to the fair for a very long time,” resident Janet Fredsall said at the last fair back in 2019. “The fair has always been popular because it’s a place to meet everyone. Our mothers always came here, so when we were children we had to come with them. But I always wanted to come here every year because there is so much to do. I’ve been coming here for almost 75 years and I never get tired of it.”

“It’s a beautiful day and you really can’t ask for a better day than this,” First Selectmen Tom McKeon said back in 2019. “Every year, the crowds keep getting bigger and we keep getting more vendors. As for Colebrook, we are an isolated town and people seem to enjoy being off of the beaten track. I think that is what the main draw to Colebrook is.”

For more information about The Colebrook Fair, including event, vendor, cardboard boat regatta, and car show information, go to

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