2008 FALL

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

'Tis the season. In Connecticut's rural Litchfield Hills, harvest time means the region's favorite end-of-summer celebrations, old-fashioned country fairs. On weekends from late August to mid-October, these much-loved traditional events will feature farm shenanigans from racing pigs to tractor pull competitions, competition for blue ribbons for prize animals and crops, midway rides, non-stop entertainment and plenty of good food.

All the fairs include judging of prize sheep, cows, pigs and goats, a rare chance for city and suburban youngsters to see fine farm animals close-up. Many of these events have been attracting families for generations. The Terryville Fair is in its 60th year, the Goshen Fair has been a tradition for over 90 years, the Riverton Fair dates back to 1909, and the granddaddy of them all, the Harwinton Fair, is past its 150th birthday.

Almost every fair offers tractor pulls and lumberjack contests that send chips flying, but each event also has its own unique attractions. Fair-goers in Bethlehem can see classic cars from the past on 50s -70s Cruising Night while exhibits of a statewide quilt contest, border collie demonstrations and a pie-eating contest will be among the special treats in Bridgewater. Goshen�s antique barn is a perennial draw for its demonstrations of handcrafts such as quilting, weaving and basketry and Harwinton is known for its country store and working blacksmith shop. Terryville visitors will be treated to fireworks display on Friday and Saturday nights and Wolcott is featuring professional wrestling matches, a scarecrow contest, and a petting zoo and pony rides for the kids.

Racing pigs, a perennial crowd pleaser, will be in action in Bridgewater, Goshen and Terryville, and an annual horse show is one of the draws in Bethlehem and Terryville. Daring freestyle motorcycle demonstrations will add thrills in Terryville and Bridgewater.

Local fairs are also fun outings for families. Among those scheduled is the Litchfield Grange Fair on August 16th and the Beacon Grange Fair Association in Northfield held on September 28. The Riverton Fair, a district fair with many attractions, ends the season with a traditional fair on October 10 to 12.

Litchfield Hills Country Fair Schedule

August 15-17, Wolcott Agricultural Fair August 15-17, Bridgewater Country Fair August 22-24, Terryville Country Fair August 16, Litchfield Grange Fair August 30-September 1 , Goshen Fair September 5-7, Bethlehem Fair September 28, Beacon Grange Fair, Northfield October 4-5, Harwinton Fair October 10-12, Riverton Fair

For more information on fairs and other nearby attractions, and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the area contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506, or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.