Berlin Fair returns, with concerts, carriage driving, dinosaur kingdom

BERLIN — The Berlin Fair returns this year, and will be held from Thursday, Sept. 14, to Sunday, Sept. 17.

Here is information on hours, admissions, and event schedule:

Hours■Thursday, Sept. 14 — 4 to 10 p.m.■Friday, Sept. 15 — 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.■Saturday, Sept. 16 — 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.■Sunday, Sept. 17 — 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.Admission■Adults (ages 12+) — $15■Four-day adult pass — $40■Seniors (62+) * — $10■Four-day senior pass * — $30■Active military (with ID) * — Free■Veterans (with ID) * — $10■Children (11 and Under) * — Free■Student (good only on Friday from 11-2 pm) * — Free

* Available only at the box office at the fairgrounds

Advance tickets will be sold online only. General admission tickets are good once for any day of the fair. Exhibitor four-day passes are $35 and will be sold on Tuesday and Wednesday at exhibitor registration. One pass for each exhibitor 12 years and older with an exhibitor registration receipt. A four-day pass is available and can be scanned only once a day.

Group sales are also available. Cost for a group of 10 to 25 is $12 each, while for a group of 26 or more, the cost is $10 each.

Concert schedule

Main stage

■Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m. — TOP (ZZ Top Tribute Band)■Friday, Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m. — Floydian Trip (Pink Floyd Tribute Band)■Friday, Sept. 15, 8 p.m. — Last Licks (Classic Rock)■Saturday, Sept. 16, 5 p.m. — The Best of the 70’s■Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m. — Beyond Purple (Deep Purple, Whitesnake and more)■Sunday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m. — Thomas Mac (country)■Sunday, Sept. 17, 3 p.m. — Kylie Morgan (country)

Pavilion stage

■Friday, Sept. 15, 2:30 p.m. — John Street Band (Classic Rock)■Friday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m. — The Groove Section■Saturday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m. — Cold Train (Southland rock and roll, blues)■Saturday, Sept. 16, 6 p.m. — Crossroads■Sunday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. — We3 Trio■Sunday, Sept. 17, 2 p.m. — Tim McDonald BandDemolition derby

Demolition derby action returns to the 2023 Berlin Fair on Sept 14 as the road warriors determine who will be king of the ring. The action starts at 7 p.m.; get there early for a good seat to watch the metal mayhem. This event is open to any unibody car up to 111 inch wheelbase. No SUV's. Registration applications are online along with the rules for preparation of car at Applications are also available at Kensington Auto Service and will be available the day of event. Pit passes will be available to those 12 years of age and older. 

Berlin’s got talent

Those qualifying will advance to the Berlin Fair on Friday, Sept. 15, to perform live in the semifinals. Finalists making it through the semifinal Round will perform in the finals on Saturday, Sept. 16th, and aiming for prize money totaling $2,000.

Rides and games

For young and old, nothing brings a smile like classic midway rides and games, and there’s something for everyone in these great attractions from Dreamland Amusements.

Take a step back in time with the carousel, and gaze as far as the eye can see from atop the Ferris wheel. For the more adventurous, the exhilarating zipper, Himalaya, Spaceship 2000 and Tornado are sure to get the heart racing.

And it just wouldn’t be the midway without the many opportunities to win prizes by stepping up to the game booth. Traditional games like basketball free throw, milk-can toss and dart toss challenge you to test your skills.

New for 2023 in the kiddie land: monster trucks.

Youngsters get double the ride pleasure with the monster truck, with wheelies and car crushing excitement. The kids love the feel of driving their very own monster truck just like the big boys.

Pulls and draws

It all comes down to bragging rights: Whose truck, tractor or livestock can haul the most tonnage. Five separate competitions will take place to determine the winners.

And while the categories are very different, each contest traces its roots to the 1860s when farming machines were pulled by horse, and farmers would boast about the strength of their horses. The farmers would make lofty claims, then challenge one another to contests to see who had the strongest horse. The tradition is alive and well at the Berlin Fair.

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Family shows■Gail Mirabella and the Dynamo Dogs: The Dynamo Dogs are veteran performing dogs that demonstrate everything from trick dog show routines to Frisbee dog acrobatics. They’ve performed all over the country with their entertaining dog variety act.

The Pool Party Pooches are the Dynamo Dogs ground act featuring a portable dog dock and pool. This show combines disc, agility and tricks with high jumping dock dogs.

The Dynamo Dogs vary in both size and skill, and many have been adopted or rescued. As part of the ground act, you’ll see hoop and rolling barrel tricks, fast action disc dog routines, high jump, and much more. For dock diving, our canine performers make leaps as far as 20 feet.

■Wild World of Animals: The Wild World of Animals show is one of the premier grounds act in the entertainment industry. Its unique blend of animal diversity and environmental messages coupled with originally scripted non-stop laughter, especially an opinionated pig, make for an enjoyable time.

Have you ever held a 13-foot, 100-pound python or unknowingly worn a safari vest filled with creepy critters? Volunteers get to do that and much more.

The show is fast-paced and full of energy. The animals in the show range from arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Our audience learns interesting animal facts, laughs at their antics and witnesses their amazing natural abilities. 

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■Carriage Driving Demonstration: Join us for an exciting and educational demonstration of carriage driving. This demonstration features driving horses, mini horses, ponies and donkeys.

Carriage driving uses a form of competitive horse driving harness in which larger two- or four-wheeled carriages (sometimes restored antiques) are pulled by a single horse, a pair, tandem or a four-in-hand team.

This show is Saturday, Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Motor Sports Arena. (Rain date: Sunday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

■Jurassic Kingdom: No other “puppet show” compares to what Jurassic Kingdom has to offer. This production is designed to be mobile and educational, starting a whole new line of what we are now calling Edu-tainment.

Not only do our audiences get to see life-like dinosaurs in action, they also have the opportunity to touch and interact with them throughout the show.

The Berlin Fair and Jurassic Kingdom resent Lucy the T-Rex, who stands 14 feet high and over 50 feet long.

■Nerdy Noah: Most jugglers will dazzle you with amazing feats of balance and skill. Nerdy Noah, isn’t like most jugglers. He’s a millennial and the marquee says it all: “There must be an easier way to do this!”

Noah harnesses technology to achieve untold laziness. This is chainsaw juggling meets four-way stretch pants. From Las Vegas to Dubai, he’s Googled it all. It's the best thing since avocado toast.


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