Bristol residents readying for Berlin Fair

October 4, 2013 by  

Once again, the Berlin’s Lions Club is hosting the Berlin Fair, one of Connecticut’s largest agricultural fairs with over 250,000 visitors expected.

For the 65th year, Bristol residents will be able to celebrate the end of the summer by playing games, enjoying rides, watching live entertainment, entering contests, and spending the day with family and friends. The event will include competition in short track racing, a tractor pull (for both children and adults), frog jumping, turtle racing, pig races, and, of course, pie eating. Exhibits, demonstrations, and fireworks will add to the excitement.

One particular contest that local printing companies may be interested in is the Berlin Fair Premium Book contest. This year’s cover illustrator, winner of last year’s $100 first prize, is Jake Harris, a Berlin High School student. This year’s winning entry will be next year’s cover design.

Many local charitable organizations are represented at the fair. Some of the 25 food vendors, such as the American Legion and the Berlin Congregational Church, use their proceeds to help the community. Even some game booths such as the Berlin High Band’s dunking booth and the United Methodist church’s ping-pong-ball-toss-for-goldfish booth offer fun and entertainment while raising funds for their organizations. The fair itself uses its proceeds to help Lions sponsored organizations.

The event is taking place this weekend, October 4-6, at the Berlin Fairgrounds, 430 Beckley Road in East Berlin. Operating hours are today 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Sunday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.