BERLIN – One of Connecticut's longest-running agricultural fairs, the Berlin Fair is returning for its 72nd year this weekend.
The fair will run from Friday, Sept. 17 to 19 at the Berlin Lions Club, Beckley Road, Berlin.
The Berlin Lions Club promises that the 2021 fair will be “more fun and exciting than ever.”
Live music, rides, and attractions, go-karts, family shows, pulls and draws, are just some of the few activities visitors can enjoy at the Fair. The Fair will also feature a large number of competitive events, including a children’s tractor pull, frog jump contest, nail driving, turtle race, marching band competition, and pie-eating contests.
Over 80 vendors will be selling their unique items, from food and accessories to decor, collectibles, and even pets.
Additionally, visitors will have an opportunity to give back to the community, as many of Connecticut’s charitable organizations benefit from the money raised at the Berlin Fair. Nonprofits such as Boy Scouts, Berlin High School Marching Band, Lions vision groups, local DARE program, and more will be present at the Fair.
“Volunteering is an absolutely worthy cause,” said Berlin Fair and a St. Paul Church volunteer, Nancy Timbrell. “It feels good to work with volunteers and do something worthy to support the church.”
St. Paul Church, along with several other local churches, will feature two food booths with nachos, onion rings, chicken nuggets, meatball grinders, and more.
In the past, the Berlin Fair used to begin in the first week of October. However, due to the heavy rains at that time of the year, the Fair was hosted in mid-September for the past two years. ‘Huge project’
Once the fair ends, volunteers begin to prepare for the next one right away, said volunteer Kenny Spring.
“It’s a huge project,” said Spring. “We save all our records, we have books on what we did, and any problems we might have ahead.”
The adult admission fee is $14. Visitors can also purchase a 3-day pass for $36. Admission is free for children 11 years of age and younger when accompanied by an adult. Admission for students between the ages of 12 and 17 is free until 2 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021. Discount Senior tickets are available at the ticket booth for $10.00 each.
The event is rain or shine.
To learn more about the Berlin Fair go to ctberlinfair.com.