2006 Fall

Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
Ph: 800-663-1273
Email: lhcvbnwct@aol.com
For Immediate Release

Rides and races and animals galore. Country fairs filled with family fun are as abundant as the harvest in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut. On many weekends from late July to mid October, area farmers will be showing off their prize crops and livestock, homemakers will exhibit their best baking and midways will offer entertainment and old-fashioned fun in these favorite end of summer celebrations. Many of the fairs are long-time local traditions; the oldest, the Harwinton Fair, began in 1853.

The events include all kinds of country shenanigans, from racing pigs to spirited oxen pulls where teams compete to see how far they can haul enormous weights. The biggest treat for many city and suburban youngsters is the opportunity to see close-up the farm animals they may have known only in storybooks. All the fairs include judging of prize sheep, cows, pigs, and goats. Many fairs this year will also feature photo and quilt contests, with each winner going into a statewide competition.

Every fair has midway rides and plenty of free entertainment, from magicians to rock bands, circus acts to country western singers. One of the bigger names is folk legend Richie Havens, who will appear at the first event of the season, the Connecticut Agricultural Fair, sponsored by the Connecticut Grange at the Goshen Fairgrounds on Route 63, July 28 to 30.

Each fair has its unique attractions. Border collie herding demonstrations and a Fireman's Parade will draw crowds to the Bridgewater Country Fair August 18 to 20 on Route 133 in Bridgewater. Robinson's Racing Pigs, pro wrestling and Sunday fireworks await at the Wolcott Country Fair, taking place on the Frisbie School Fairgrounds Route 69 in Wolcott that same weekend, August 18 to 20.

A wood chopping competition, where entrants vie to see who can make the chips fly fastest is a perennial favorite at The Goshen Agricultural Society Fair, along with demonstrations of old time skills such as quilting, spinning, weaving and basketry. The fair, set for September 2 to 4, has been a tradition for over 90 years. A Hollerin' Contest always brings cheers at the Bethlehem Fair, set for September 8 to 10 at the Bethlehem Fairgrounds on Route 61, while English and Western Horse Shows are eagerly awaited events at the Terryville Country Fair, to be held at the fairgrounds on Scott Road, off Route 6, September 15 to 17. A country store, a working blacksmith shop and demonstrations of a variety of old time crafts are part of the Early Americana featured at the venerable Harwinton Fair October 7 and 8.

Local fairs are also fun outings for families. Among those scheduled are the Litchfield Grange Fair August 12th and Beacon Grange Fair Association in Northfield September 24th. The Riverton Fair, a district fair with many attractions, ends the season October 13th to 15th.

For more information on fairs and other nearby attractions, and a free copy of UNWIND, a 120-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the area contact the the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (800) 663-1273, or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.

Litchfield Hills Country Fair Schedule:

July 28-30, Connecticut Agricultural Fair, Goshen August 12, Litchfield Grange Fair August 18-20, Wolcott Agricultural Fair August 18-20, Bridgewater Country Fair September 2-4 , Goshen Fair September 8-10, Bethlehem Fair September 24, Beacon Grange Fair, Northfield October 7-8, Harwinton Fair October 13-15, Riverton Fair