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Expositions and Events

The Division of Agricultural Development participates in many state and regional expositions and events throughout the year and you will find some of them highlighted here. The NH Farm & Forest Exposition and the New Hampshire Building at the Eastern States Exposition (the Big E) are two annual events for which the division has direct management responsibility. The Division also participates in the organization and management of the regional Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference & Trade Show that takes place biennially.

2017 Farm/Food Matchmaking Program

The second annual NH Farm/Food Matchmaking Program that brings together New Hampshire farm and food producers, who are seeking wholesale markets with interested buyers is set for February 21, 2017. The event will take place at the Bektash Shriners Hall in Concord. Producers must pre-register to exhibit. We request that buyers pre-register, as well, so we can create a participant directory. Buyers may register at the door. Program details and registration forms are below.

New Hampshire Farm & Forest Exposition

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The New Hampshire Farm & Forest Exposition is an annual winter fair that occurs in February. Begun in 1984, the New Hampshire Farm & Forest Expo has been in operation over 30 years. The Expo is sponsored by the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, the NH Division of Forests & Lands, and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

The Expo has a two fold mission of 1) bringing together the state's farming and forestry communities to share ideas and views on industry needs and 2) providing a fun and interesting venue for the public to learn about these industries and their impact on life in New Hampshire. The exposition includes workshops, speaker programs, large trade show featuring equipment, products and food produced or sold in New Hampshire, animals, kid's activities and much more.

The 2017 NH Farm & Forest Expo will be held on February 17-18 at the Center of NH Radisson Hotel, Manchester. Exhibitor and workshop opportunites are still available. Visit the event website for information or contact:

Telephone: (603) 271-3788

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Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference & Trade Show

The Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade show is one of New England’s largest agricultural marketing conferences. The conference was first held in 2007 and takes place biennially.

The goals of this conference are to improve and develop new marketing ideas, to share information, and to improve state and agricultural business cooperation. Supporting and promoting the agricultural industry, while protecting consumers and the environment through communication of sound public policy and programs, is the primary mission of the Harvest New England organization.

The 2015 event was the 5th Harvest New England Conference and Trade Show and over 800 participants attended.

The 2017 Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show is set for March 7-9 in Sturbridge, MA. The conference theme is "Turn up the Volume on Your Farm Marketing". Registration is now open for the conference and for trade show exhibitors. For more information about the conference program and other event details, or about the Harvest New England organization, visit: Harvest New England

New Hampshire Building - Eastern States Exposition

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Since 1930, the state of New Hampshire has operated a pavilion at the Eastern States Exposition (the Big E) in West Springfield, MA. This is an annual September exposition that celebrates New England - culture, industry, heritage, and craftsmanship. The event draws over one million visitors during the course of its 17 days. The Big E just celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016.

The New Hampshire Building is managed by the Division of Agricultural Development. There are exhibit/retail opportunities for New Hampshire businesses. There are also performance opportunities for New Hampshire entertainers. Exhibitors are selected each year from a pool of qualified applicants. Applications are distributed in November for the following year exposition. The selection process is completed in February. For information about exhibiting in the New Hampshire Building, contact the division at (603) 271-3788, or

2017 Big E New Hampshire Building Exhibit Opportunities (Sept. 15-Oct. 1):

Consignment sales opportunities are also available for New Hampshire businesses at the New Hampshire Building's "General Store". See 2017 information below.

2016 Big E New Hampshire Building Program

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NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food
Mailing: PO Box 2042, Concord NH 03302 -2042
Physical: 25 Capitol Street, Second Floor, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3551 | fax: (603) 271-1109