Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
For Immediate Release
The racing pigs are at the starting gate, the oxen teams are ready to go and the midway rides are better than ever. Country fairs filled with farm shenanigans and family fun are in full gear in the rural Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut. On weekends from late August to mid-October, these favorite end-of-summer celebrations will feature traditional competitions and prize farm animals, as well as favorite new entertainers and rides and lots of good food. Many of these fairs are much loved traditions, such as the Riverton Fair, a fixture since 1909. The granddaddy of them all is the Harwinton Fair, now in its 151st year.
As always, area farmers will be showing off their prize crops and livestock, and homemakers will be exhibiting their best baking and cooking. City and suburban youngsters will have a rare chance to see fine farm animals first hand. All the fairs include judging of prize sheep, cows, pigs, and goats. Many fairs this year will also feature photo and quilt contests and a two-crusted pie competition, with each winner going into a state-wide contests.
Every fair features plenty of free entertainment, from magicians to rock bands, puppet shows to country western singers. However, each fair has its unique attractions. Fair-goers can take part in country line dance lessons and see the Mid-Hudson Juggling Club in action at the Goshen Fair over Labor Day weekend, and enjoy the U.S. Martial Arts Demonstration team and Abbey Road, the complete Beatles show at the Bethlehem Fair to be held September 7 to 9.
Border collie herding demonstrations and a Friday night Fireman's Parade will draw crowds to the Bridgewater Country Fair August 17 to 19 on Route 133 in Bridgewater. A children's pet parade and a spinning bee featuring a spinning contest will be special features this year. Robinson's Racing Pigs, Sunday fireworks and entertainment by the Rock Classic All Stars and the Allman Brothers Tribute Band, Brothers of the Lord await at the Wolcott Country Fair, taking place on the Frisbie School Fairgrounds Route 69 in Wolcott that same weekend, August 17 to 19.
Fireworks on Friday and Saturday night are a festive touch at the Terryville Country Fair, to be held at the fairgrounds on Scott Road, off Route 6, August 24 to 26, along with the big horse show featuring English, Western and Carriage divisions. The Goshen Agricultural Society Fair, set for Labor Day weekend, September 1 to 3, has been a tradition for over 90 years. A Draft Horse Show and a pork cook-off will be among the crowd pleasers. A perennial favorite here is the Antique Barn where demonstrations of old time skills such as quilting, spinning, weaving and basketry take place. Chips will be flying at the lumberjack competition that always brings cheers at the Bethlehem Fair, set for September 7 to 9 at the Bethlehem Fairgrounds on Route 61. The Western Open Horse Show and Gymkhana are other eagerly awaited events. A country store, a working blacksmith shop and demonstrations of a variety of old time crafts are part of the Early Americana that is a popular feature at the venerable Harwinton Fair slated for October 6 and 7.
Local fairs are also fun outings for families. Among those scheduled are the Litchfield Grange Fair on August 25 the Beacon Grange Fair Association in Northfield September 23. The Riverton Fair, a district fair with many attractions, ends the season October 12 to 14.
Sidebar: Litchfield Hills Country Fair Schedule: August 17-19, Wolcott Agricultural Fair August 17-19, Bridgewater Country Fair August 24-26, Terryville Country Fair August 25, Litchfield Grange Fair September 1-3 , Goshen Fair September 7-9, Bethlehem Fair September 23, Beacon Grange Fair, Northfield October 6-7, Harwinton Fair October 12-14, Riverton Fair