Local fairs and festivals to check out

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Autumn is quickly is approaching and many local fairs and festivals are returning after being cancelled last year because of the pandemic. These family-friendly fairs are the perfect way to get out the house this season. 

Durham Fair – Returning for its 101st year after being cancelled in 2020, the Durham Fair will continue the tradition of live music, food, and agricultural exhibits. The opening night will feature a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Tickets for the fair, which runs Sept. 23 to 26, are available in advance on the fair website. The Durham Fair is located at 24 Town House Road. 

Celebrate Wallingford – A scaled-down version of the annual event returns to Center Street on Oct. 2. The festival includes food, music, shopping and arts & crafts. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Organizers hope to return to a two day event in 2022. 

Cheshire Fall Festival – This festival will also be returning to Bartlem Park on Sept. 10 and 11. The first day will will feature food trucks and live music. The second will feature vendors, crafters, a classic car show and an event marking 9/11. The night will end with a fireworks display. Entry to the festival is free. The Cheshire Fall Festival will run Sept. 10 from 5 to 11 p.m., and continue on Sept. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to dusk. 

North Haven Fair – The fair will run Sept. 9 to 12, featuring local bands, a dog show and magicians. Admission is $10 for adults. Children under 10 are free when accompanied by an adult. The fairgrounds are located at 290 Washington Ave. 

Southington Apple Harvest Festival – This six day event over two weekends is free and packed with a lot of entertainment. The opening day will feature a parade. The festivities will be on the Southington Green, Oct. 1 to 3 and Oct. 8 to 10. 

Berlin Fair – The Berlin Lions Club hosts the annual Berlin Fair. Expect a variety of rides and games, concerts and contests, including a baby contest and pie eating contest. Admission for adults is $14 while children 11 and under are free. The fairgrounds are located at 430 Beckley Road. 

Big E – One of the New England’s biggest fairs is returning this year from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3. The Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts will feature several concerts, new food, and a Mardi Gras parade. Wednesday, Sept. 22 is “Connecticut Day.” Advance tickets are available now on the Big E website. 

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