Wednesday, August 15, 2018


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by Peter J. O'Connell, Editorial and Research Consultant           

It's fairs and festivals time in Connecticut, and one of the most eagerly anticipated of these will be opening soon. The always popular North Haven Fair makes its 76th annual appearance from Thursday, September 6, through Sunday, September 9.

The fairgrounds, at 290 Washington Ave. (Route 5), are easily accessible for the thousands who flock there each year. It's only 10 minutes from New Haven and 35 minutes from Hartford. Just take I-91 to Exit 12 or the Wilbur Cross Parkway to Exit 63. Ample free parking is available. 

Admission is just $5 for an adult on Thursday, September 5, and $10 the other three days. Children under 12 always are admitted free when accompanied by an adult, and seniors (age 65 and older) can enter for $5 on Sunday, September 9. Discounts for multiple-day passes are available. 

Once admitted to the Fair, you can attend all exhibits, events, and shows for free. And there's plenty of all of these. For example:

EXHIBITS include ones dealing with vegetables, baking, flowers, woodworking, sewing, scouting, photography, sheep shearing, ten different breeds of cattle, eagles and hawks, rabbits, chicks and chickens, and more!

EVENTS include weight-pulling contests featuring ponies, horses, oxen, tractors; chainsaw carving; pioneer life demonstrations; kids' games and contests; water balloon toss; hula hoop contest; horseshoes played with toilet seats; and more! 

SHOWS include wrestling; Dino Trail--”dinosaurs” wander about; Marvelous Mutts dog show; Racing Pigs; music by Bad Mannerz (classic rock), Chris Zumba (varied), No Excuses (party rock and dance), more; and more!

In addition to all the free activities, there will be amusement rides and carnival games and an extensive collection of vendors purveying goods and services, including: automobiles; home remodeling; foods ranging from french fries and barbecue to baked potatoes and chowder to grilled cheese and donuts; collectibles; toys and novelty items; patriotic apparel and merchandise; and more! 

So plan to go! You can get info at or by U.S. Mail at:

North Haven Fair Association
P.O. Box 14

North Haven, CT 06473

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