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A Feast of Festivals

It’s September, and while most people focus on the start of school and the end of summer, there is something even more important going on throughout Connecticut. It’s the fall fair and festival season. While you may think summer frolicking has ended, you’re mistaken — the fun has just started! With rides, food, games, livestock, crafts and so much more happening from one corner of the state to the next, you can spend every weekend experiencing the best that fall has to offer! Here is a list of the fairs and festivals that will keep you hopping!


 • 106th Annual Haddam Neck Fair, Sept. 1-4. This major agricultural fair features a baking contest, tractor pulling, horse show, road race, exhibits, family entertainment, midway, truck and tractor pulls. Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, 26 Quarry Hill Rd. Fri., 4-10 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Mon., 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$8.


 • 157th Annual Woodstock Fair, Sept. 1-4. The state’s second oldest agricultural fair features crafts, food, livestock shows, petting zoo, stage shows, midway, go-kart races, Better Living Center, vegetables, flowers, entertainers and more. Woodstock Fairgrounds, 281 Rte. 169. Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Mon., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Free-$12.


 • Odyssey: A Greek Festival, Sept. 1-4. Celebrate Greek food, music and culture with live music, dancing, cooking demos, kids area, raffle and more. St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Rd., Orange. Fri.-Sun., noon-10 p.m.; Mon., noon-7 p.m. Free.


 • Blues, Views & BBQ Festival, Sept. 2-3. Come to a foot-stomping, mouthwatering weekend filled with music, Cooking for a Cause Charity cook-off, Jesup Jam musician showcase, contests, games and more. Levitt Pavilion and Westport Library, Jesup Rd., Westport. Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free-$80.


 • 73rd Annual Colebrook Fair, Sept. 2. Crafters, vendors, food, bake sale, raffles, flea market. Kids will enjoy pie eating contests, pet show, frog jumping, face painting, balloons and games. Also Touch-a-Truck, car show and cardboard boat regatta. Colebrook Town Center, 562 Colebrook Rd. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.


 • 105th Annual Goshen Fair, Sept. 2-4. This major agricultural fair features livestock judging, draft horse show, woodcutting competition, entertainment, food, midway, arts and crafts, home exhibits and more. Also fireworks, hay bale toss, parade, pie eating and skillet throw contests. Goshen Fairgrounds, 116 Old Middle St. Sat. and Sun., 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Mon., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$9.


 • The CT Renaissance Faire, Sept. 2-Oct. 9. This family-friendly event is filled with jousting knights, armored combat, old-world games, feasting, comedy, acrobatics, fire eaters and much more. Lebanon Lions Fairgrounds, 122 Mack Rd., Lebanon. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$15.


 • North Haven Fair, Sept. 7-10. There are rides, exhibits, horse drawing competition, wrestling, entertainment, midway, food and more. North Haven Fairgrounds, 290 Washington Ave. Thu., 5-10 p.m.; Fri., 3-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free-$10.


 • Wapping Fair, Sept. 7-10. The agricultural fair features livestock, rides, bands, magic, food truck festival, exhibits, children’s attractions, aerialists, exotic animals and more. Evergreen Walk, 75 Brookfield St., South Windsor. Thu., 5-10 p.m.; Fri., 6 -11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$8.


 • 72nd Annual Ledyard Fair, Sept. 8-10. This country fair features a midway, entertainment, livestock shows, exhibits and more. Ledyard Fairgrounds, 740 Colonel Ledyard Highway. Fri., 6-11 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$10.


 • Trumbull Fall Fest, Sept. 8-9. Features a carnival, food trucks, live music, fireworks and more. Trumbull High School Athletic Field Complex, 72 Stobel Rd. Fri., 5-10 p.m.; Sat., noon-10 p.m. $5, two-day admission.


 • 93rd Annual Bethlehem Fair, Sept. 8-10. The old-fashioned agricultural fair includes livestock, exhibits, horse show, farm display, rides, food, entertainment and more. Bethlehem Fairgrounds, 384 Main St. North. Fri., 5-10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free-$9.


 • Norwalk Oyster Festival, Sept. 8-10. See the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, aerial stunts, visit Kids Cove with games, rides, activities, headline entertainment and more. Veteran’s Memorial Park, Seaview Ave. Fri., 6 -11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free-$12.


 • East Haven Fall Festival, Sept. 8-10. Fair features bands, crafts, carnival rides, games, car show, food and more. East Haven Green, Main St. Fri., 6-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.


 • Meriden Grange Fair, Sept. 9. There’s a flower show, needlework, fruits and vegetables, adults’ and children’s arts and crafts, photography, contests and more. Meriden Grange Hall, 540 Broad St. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.


 • Apple Festival, Sept. 9-10. Features more than 90 crafters, Country Kitchen with pies, tarts, jams, cookie walk, flowers, children’s games, live music and apples, apples, apples. Monroe Green, 175 Old Tannery Rd. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.


 • 179th Annual Four Town Fair, Sept. 14-17. Celebrate with animal pulls, car show, parade, crafts, entertainment, doodlebug pulls, mini farm, games, rides and more. Four Town Fair Fairgrounds, 56 Egypt Rd., Somers. Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Free-$10.


 • Cheshire Fall Festival, Sept. 15. Enjoy rides, games, classic cars, crafts, exhibits, entertainment, food and more. Bartlem  Park, 520 South Main St. 5-10 p.m. Free.


 • Greater Danbury Irish Festival, Sept. 15-17. There’s entertainment, a cultural tent, vendors, food, children’s area with games, crafts and a scavenger hunt. Ives Center for the Arts, 43 Lake Avenue Ext. Fri., 5-10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$10.


 • 159th Annual Guilford Fair, Sept. 15-17. There’s something for everyone including a carnival midway, petting zoo, Family Circus, exhibits, livestock, entertainment featuring Nickā€ˆFradiani and more. Guilford Fairgrounds, 111 Lovers Lane. Fri., 1-11 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free-$10.


 • Berlin Fair, Sept. 15-17. Enjoy this agricultural fair with horse shows, tractor pulling, flowers, crafts, contests, games, rides and more. Berlin Fairgrounds, 430 Beckley Rd. Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free-$12.


 • Milford Irish Festival, Sept. 15-16. Celebrate Irish culture with music, food and entertainment. Milford Rotary Pavilion, Shipyard Lane. Fri., 6-11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free-$10.


 • Orange Country Fair, Sept. 16-17. Weekend is filled with tractor and truck pulls, pig racing, demos, contests, birds of prey, jugglers and more. Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Rd. Sat., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$8.


 • Simsbury Grange Fair, Sept. 16. Enjoy a bake sale, craft fair, exhibits, kids’ activities, hayrides and more. Simsbury Grange Hall, 236 Farms Village Rd. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.


 • 98th Annual Durham Fair, Sept. 21-24. The state’s largest agricultural fair features nationally-known country music performers, thousands of exhibits, midway and food. Durham Fairgrounds, Rtes. 17 and 68. Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free-$13.


 • St. Philip Family Fall Festival, Sept. 23. See working trucks up close at the Touch-a-Truck, a classic car show, face painting, games, crafts, performances and more. St. Philip Church, 1 Father Conlon Pl., Norwalk. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


 • K-9 Karnival, Sept. 23. This dog-centric event for the whole family features police dog demos, obedience, contests, meet the breeds, food, vendors and more. Bring you four-legged friends on a leash. River Walk, 100 Canal St., Shelton. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.


 • Harvest Festival, Sept. 23. Enjoy the crafts, the beautiful babies and pets contests, children’s activities, food and more. Guilford Green, Whitfield St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


 • Apple Harvest Festival, Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and Oct. 6-8. There’s live music, food, contests, crafts, children’s activities, carnival rides, fireworks, a parade and more. Southington Town Green, 1 Main St. Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. Free.


 • Hammonassett Festival, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Featuring Native American music, dance, arts, crafts, demos, exhibits, live wildlife shows, children’s activities, New England Atlatl championship and more. Guilford Fairgrounds, 111 Lovers Lane. Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free-$5.


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