Wapping Fair Returns For 124th Year

Courant Community

The Wapping Fair returned to South Windsor Sept. 8-11 for the 124th year running, showcasing traditional family fun and introducing a few new delights as well.

Presented by the South Windsor Jaycees, the fair continued its tradition of live music, delicious food, games, and rides for all ages. New for the 2016 season was the Records & Burpee Children's Petting Zoo, which showcased rare animals like exotic birds, porcupines, kangaroos, and reptiles.

A new location is also in the cards for the fair, said Wapping Fair Chairman Paul Petrillo.

"This is the last year the fair will be held here at Evergreen Walk," said Petrillo.

The fair has been held on grounds at Evergreen Walk for the past several years, but will move to its permanent home on Brookfield Street, adjacent to Rye Street Park, beginning with the 2017 season.

Traditional entertainment at the fair included one of its most popular attractions, Hot Dog Pig Racing, as well as magic shows, goat, cattle, sheep, and poultry shows, games, rides, and more than 25 food trucks.

Live music was featured each day of the fair, with Red No. 5 and David Hayes on Thursday, Grooved Surface on Friday, country music duo Presley & Taylor on Saturday, and David Hayes returning to close out the fair on Sunday.

The long-running fair is a tradition for many families in the northeast, and appeals to all ages.

"We come every year," said Mariah Straayer, who was visiting on Sept.11 with her family. "It's a tradition. We've been coming here since our oldest was born, so 14 years now. Our kids grew up at the fair."

The Wapping Fair is a great place for families, said Petrillo.

"There are plenty of activities for kids. We're not the Durham Fair, we're not the Big E. Our fair is for the families with kids. There are lots of activities for the little ones," said Petrillo.

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