Dinosaurs will roam among fairgoers this weekend at the 76th annual North Haven Fair.
“We were just looking for something different that kids would like,” said Joe DeLorenzo, an executive board member of the fair organization. “When we found this we thought it would (be perfect).”
The human-size dinos come with a stationary fossil dig and La Brae Tar Pit exhibit, presented by Dino Trail, a nonprofit in New York.
The dinosaurs will join annual fair activities, including a wide selection of food, exhibits in agriculture, home arts and animals, and various local vendors and non-profits. Each day also features a variety of entertainment, from live bands to pulling and drawing contests.
Also, the Craft Barn is back for the second time and the Show-Me Safari Racing Pigs and the Marvelous Mutts return. There will also be a Northeast Wrestling performance Sunday and chainsaw carving daily.
The fair runs from Thursday, Sept. 6 to Sunday, Sept. 9 at the North Haven Fairgrounds, 290 Washington Ave. Parking is free on site.
DeLorenzo said the 10-piece band, Diamond – One Hot Night, is likely going to be one of the highlights of the weekend. The group is a Neil Diamond tribute band from New York and will perform Saturday evening on the Main Stage.
As for the many exhibitions on display throughout the weekend, DeLorenzo said photography is always a popular contest, with canning — beer and wine included — making a resurgence, along with “back to basics” skills like knitting and crocheting.
DeLorenzo has been officially organizing the fair for about 25 years, but has been part of it since he was 3-years-old. He said the best part of the weekend is seeing everyone in the community come together.
“There’s so much going on … I think that in and of itself is exciting. That way there’s something for everyone,” DeLorenzo said.
For the full fair schedule, visit northhaven-fair.com.