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April 29. 2024



The 163rd annual Woodstock Fair, Always Labor Day Weekend, is in the process of receiving a facelift.

The Woodstock Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Woodstock Fair, recently agreed to move the Main Stage on the Fairgrounds to the site on the grounds that has been the location of the Fiesta Shows’ Kiddieland for the past several years.

“I’m pleased that the board of directors of the Woodstock Fair are in favor of bringing noticeable changes to the fairgrounds without changing the heart of the long-time Agricultural fair.  The barns, animals, exhibits and the majority of the carnival rides will stay in their long-time spots and yet we have succeeded in changing some of the feel for those who have been attending for years”, said Society president Jeff Sandness.

The reason for moving things around is two-pronged.

First, it will enlarge the area that the Main Stage will now occupy.

“This will allow for more people to view the shows on the stage. It will also allow a different variety of entertainment to be presented in the Main Stage area as it has much more space to be utilized,” said Woodstock Fair general manager and entertainment director Marc Allard.

Those two factors will come into play immediately as the Fair is currently in the process of finalizing the Main Stage lineup, including four nationally known performing acts.

The move will also bring much more to the center portion of the Fairgrounds which had been occupied by tour buses and accommodation for those performing on the Main Stage. Now, it will be an active, vibrant area.

The former Main Stage area will now be designated Center Stage and will feature local and regional bands, some long-time Woodstock Fair staples such as the East Woodstock Cornet Band and the Old Time Fiddlers Club of Rhode Island, and several variety acts.

On Monday, Sept. 2, Center Stage will host a brand-new attraction as the Woodstock Fair will present its first Championship Cornhole Tournament, sponsored by Jewett City Savings Bank, with a $3000 first-place prize to the winning two-person team.

More details will be announced about the tournament and entry forms will be available soon on the Woodstock Fair website (

The Fiesta Shows’ Kiddieland has been moved to the center of the Fairgrounds where fairgoers will also find a great selection of vendors and a wonderful variety of food.

In addition, the Woodstock Fair will now have additional attractions in the front of the grounds located adjacent to the service gate including tethered balloon rides during the Fair, weather permitting.

More information on this area will be available soon on the Woodstock Fair website and in future announcements.

The former South Stage will now become the Fabulous Family Fun area with games and activities for all ages.

All of the changes are detailed in a video on and more announcements will be coming shortly including the 2024 Main Stage lineup.

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