(CBS Connecticut)— Fall is known as the season of back to school, football, and changing leaves. But here in Connecticut, fall is known as the season of fairs. The farm, fun, and food-filled fairs are events that the whole family can enjoy. Chances are there’s one right in your backyard or not far from it. Below is a guide to local fairs so you can get out in the crisp fall air, eat some fried dough, and watch one of the many famous performers coming to Connecticut this fall.
Haddam Neck Fair– (August 29-September 1) Join in events ranging from the classic tractor pull and farmers market to jousting and skillet throwing. Here you can also enjoy local performers and food while maybe taking part in their beard competition (beards must be at least 1 inch to enter) . General admission is $8. Children under 12 get in for free. Click here to visit the event’s website.
Woodstock Fair– (August 29-September 1) The theme of Woodstock’s 154th Fair is “Sharing Traditions.” Kids and adults alike will enjoy this fair. Enter your children in one of their special coloring contests or let them put their speed skills to the test at the Go-Kart Track while mom and dad get to enjoy local food and shop in the Antique Corner. Sunday and Monday watch bigwigs Kenny Rogers and Sara Evans perform at the star-studded Main Stage. General admission is $12. Children over 65 get in for $8 as do military members with ID. Children under 10 get in for free. Click here to visit the event’s website.
Goshen Fair– (August 30-September 1) Take part in the hysterical frozen T-shirt contest or show off your strength in the hay bail tossing competition. Boasting tons of entertainment, the 102nd Goshen Fair will also have fireworks Saturday night and a parade to follow on Sunday morning. General admission is $9, but online you can find a discount coupon that will take $1.00 off general admission on Monday. Seniors can get in for $5 on Saturday. Children under 12 get in for free. Click here to visit the event’s website.
Hebron Harvest Fair– (September 4-7) Kids can watch dogs fly during the DockDogs performance or try to find a needle in a haystack to win the haystack contest. If you have a frog, be sure to bring it on Saturday and enter it in the Frog Jumping Competition! Walk through the Artisan Crafters Exhibits, eat all of the food ranging from maple cotton candy and fried dough to blooming onions and Greek gyros, and get there on Sunday when Country music star Rodney Atkins comes to town! General admission is $12 for Thursday through Saturday, but is raised to $13 on Sunday. Children under 12 get in for free. Click here to visit the event’s website.
North Haven Fair– (September 4-7) Adrenaline junkies will love the rides at North Haven Fair. Thrill-seekers looking to take a back seat to the action can watch the famous Wallenda Troupe perform its high-wire entertainment. Kids can see if their stomachs really are as big as their eyes in a pie eating contest, and then compete against mom and dad in a Hula-Hoop competition. Also on deck at the the North Haven Fair is one of Country music’s first daughters Krystal Keith (daughter of Toby Keith). General admission is $10 and children under 12 enter for free. Bring canned food or other non-perishables to give to the food drive for North Haven Congregational Church Food Bank. Click here to visit the event’s website.
Bethlehem Fair– (September 5-7) Get your dose of nostalgia Friday night at the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s car show then jive to the music of The “Cast” of Beatlemania. Be sure to enjoy all of the food on Saturday, but leave room for the Fried Dough Eating Contest! Get your creative juices flowing for the scarecrow contest, and then shop around at the Farmer’s Market and enjoy the many exhibits and rides the Bethlehem Fair has to offer. Click here to visit the event’s website.
Four Town Fair– (September 11-14) The Four Town Fair has more contests than you could ever imagine. Some of the highlights include a Jack-O-Lantern contest, a heaviest pumpkin contest, the largest frog contest, as well as a corn and pie eating contest. Everyday you can watch log rolling, chainsaw racing, axe throwing, and much, much more. General admission is $6 on Thursday then $10 for the rest of the weekend. Kids under 12 get in for free. Click here to visit the event’s website.
Guilford Agricultural Fair– (September 19-21) One can expect events ranging from a llama show to a spelling bee at the Guilford Agricultural Fair. There will be continuous entertainment for all three days, a smorgasbord at the Food Court, and lots and lots of animals. Kiddies can get up close and personal with these animals at the zoo and even ride a pony. General admission is $10, kids between the ages of 6 and 11 get in for $5, and for children under 5 admission is free. Click here to visit the event’s website.
Orange County Fair– (September 19-21) Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so stop by Chip’s Country Fair Breakfast in the Food Pavilion, and later in the day indulge in some not-so-typical fair food such as lollipop lamb chops at one of the food tents while listening to some blue grass tunes. You can cheer on pigs during the pork chop race or observe the great birds of prey at some of the fairs events. Entry is free on Friday, but for the rest of the weekend general admission is $7, seniors get in for $5, and children under 15 can enter for free. Click here to visit the event’s website.
Durham Fair– (September 25-28) The 95th Annual Durham Fair will be hosting famous country duo Montgomery Gentry and bold, country girl Jo Dee Messina. If the star-studded stage isn’t enough for you, this fair will ensure you have a crashing good time at the Demolition Derby. Mutts Gone Nutts, a comedic canine act, will put on a show the whole family will enjoy. The Durham Fair is also home to the Redneck Games, an event for teens and adults that includes watermelon spitting and toilet seat tossing. Tickets can be purchased here online. Click here to visit the event’s website.
Berlin Fair– (October 3-5) Bring home a turkey by winning the nail driving contest or bring home a tummy full of blueberry pie after participating in the pie eating contest. With a baby contest, fireworks, a circus, and much, much more, the Berlin Fair has something everyone will enjoy. General admission is $12, seniors get a special rate of $8, and children 11 and under get in for free. Click here to visit the event’s website.
Harwinton Fair– (October 4 & 5) the 158th Annual Harwinton Fair will have a Civil War and pioneer lifestyle demonstration, a wood-chopping competition, and tons of rides. The Harwinton Fair also gives out two annual scholarships to graduating high school seniors or current college students to help the pursue their higher learning education. To learn more about that scholarship click here. Click here to visit the event’s website.
Portland Fair– (October 10-12) The Portland Fair offers a slew of contests including a scarecrow decorating contest, pie eating contest, and canine Halloween contest. After you curb your competitive edge, take to the skies in a helicopter ride or get down and dirty at the Dirty Ditch Mud Bog. Portland will also have rides galore for the young and the young at heart as well as interesting woodcarving demonstrations for those looking to learn something new. General admission is $10, admission for seniors is $6, and children under 10 get in for free. Click here to visit the event’s website.
To see what other fairs Connecticut has to offer this fall, visit the Association of Connecticut Fairs by clicking here.