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Berlin Fair Is This Weekend

BERLIN – This weekend is the annual Berlin Fair, a fall event so much a town tradition that schools close for the day Friday so children can attend it.

The fair, which has its roots in a harvest fair that began in the late 1800s, begins at 11 a.m. Friday, with free admission until 4 p.m. for all students age 18 and younger. The fair continues Saturday and ends 7 p.m. Sunday evening. By then, an estimated 45,000 to 75,000 people will have attended, said Gary Bienkowski, president of the fair and an officer of the Berlin Lions Club, which has run the fair since 1949.

"We have a lot of activites all three days for families. It's our 66th year and we try to have a community country fair," Bienkowski said during a break Thursday in last-minute work at the 33-acre fairgrounds on 430 Beckley Road. About 120 club memebers and more than 300 volunteers pitch in at the site starting in April to prepare it for the fair, which is always held over the first weekend of October, he said.

New this year is the Painted Pony Rodeo Bull Riding Show, Nerveless Nocks Aerial Thrill Show and the Disc Connecticut K-9s, which are trained dogs who perform with flying discs. There will be the traditional animal shows, tractor pulls, oxen pulls, frog jumping, turtle races, dancing, music, food, harvest exhibits, food and cooking contests, quilting demonstrations and other events.

High-tech has come to the country fair this year with the Berlin Fair App software application that can be downloaded onto a phone or computer and used to learn all about the fair, including every exhibit and vendor, Bienkowski said.

For many, it's the agricultural events at the fair that are the draw year after year.

"My husband likes the tractor pull. Me. I like looking at the animals, the cows, pigs, chickens, sheep. And the exhibits from the garden clubs," Sheila Wagner, the town manager's executive assistant, said Thursday.

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