Aug 26, 2013
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Labor Day Weekend Plan: Go to the Goshen Fair, One of the Connecticut's Best Traditions

Labor Day Weekend Plan: Go to the Goshen Fair, One of the Connecticut's Best Traditions

Woodcutting from at the Goshen Fair, in a photo from the fair's website.

There's been an autumn-like chill in the night air for some time, but with the swamp maples blushing crimson and school buses now appearing on the roads, it's official as of this week: Summer is fading into an autumn season that begins not when the calendar says but when the children head back to class and the landscape shudders off its sweaty slumber and gets ready for business.

You don't have to go quietly into the autumn of this year. One of the best Connecticut traditions, which happily spreads over the long Labor Day holiday weekend, offers a chance to bid summer farewell with all the sights and sounds of a country fair, including rides, games, entertainment and fair food, and also fireworks, woodcutting demonstrations, a hay bale toss, horse show, parade down the midway, pie eating contest and Vater's Monster Truck Show (shown here). And that's only some of it.

The Goshen Fair's website says, "This year’s celebration includes an Adult Spelling Bee, Apricot Brandy, Changes in Latitudes: a Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band ... Hypno Lorezo, Nashville Drive ... Skillet Throw Contest ... ." New additions this year, the fair's 101st, include a children's stage, a frozen T-shirt contest, Jester Jim and $30 wrist bands for unlimited rides Monday afternoon noon to 4 p.m. (admission not included), the website says.

The fair is open this Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m.  to 10 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Labor Day. Admission is $8 for adults, and children younger than 12 are admitted for free. The senior citizens admission fee will be $5 on Saturday only.

See the website for the full fair schedule, for directions and more.
 

Goshen Fair Director Dan Kobylenski and his crew getting the Antiques Barn at the Goshen Fairgrounds ready for the Labor Day weekend Goshen Agricultural Fair, Saturday Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 2.

Labor Day Weekend Plan: Go to the Goshen Fair, One of the Connecticut's Best Traditions

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