by Patricia Grandjean
Aug 31, 2012
01:21 PM
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The Woodstock Fair

The Woodstock Fair

courtesy of the Woodstock Fair

The Woodstock Fair pumps up the volume in the Quiet Corner every Labor Day weekend and this year is no exception—this end-of-summer blowout takes place Aug. 31 through Sept. 3. Classic fair events include animal exhibits, an extensive antiques farm machinery exhibit, blacksmithing demonstrations, arts and crafts, a variety of contests, midway rides and more than 100 food vendors.

One highly anticipate event is the Barnyard Babies Birthing Center, which returns for the sixth year. According to a recent press release, this is the only fair in New England with a birthing center. "We have always had at least one cow give birth during the fair," says birthing center superintendent Doug Child. "It's a chance for people to see something they have never seen, and kids really love it."  In addition to the cows and calves at the birthing center, other barnyard babies include a sow and her recent litter of piglets, baby chicks, alpacas and mother goats with their kids.

Livingston Taylor gets the entertainment started on Friday evening, then Tony Orlando takes the stage on Saturday, Easton Corbin headlines Sunday's country music fest and Bachman-Turner (of Bachman-Turner Overdrive) takes care of business as the group closes the fair on Monday. All the shows are included with fair admission (be sure to arrive early to get a seat).

Woodstock Fairgrounds, 281 Route 169, South Woodstock. Admission $12; seniors $8, children under 10 $are free. Parking $5. For further information, call 860/928-3246 or visit

The Woodstock Fair

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