The long Labor Day Weekend in Connecticut traditionally is when many agricultural fairs are held. We spent another enjoyable day with the entire family and grandchildren at the 100th Anniverary of Haddam Neck Fair.
UPDATE: 2017 – This year we found out that Senior Citizen rates and handicap parking are available !
Fairs and Festivals in Connecticut
On Saturday the hubster and I took the grandkids to Farm Day for the Lutz Children’s Museum, but at the Haddam Neck Fair the kids got to go on the kiddie rides on the carnival midway.
Since it began in 1909, the Haddam Neck Fair has been an entirely volunteer operation, operating on its own without support from either government or sponsoring organizations.
Rated by the State of Connecticut as a Major Agricultural Fair, we are proud of the fact that we are able to maintain the small, country atmosphere for which we are known in spite of rising commercialism and the complications of modern life.
Everyone was wide-eyed and enjoyed the various 4H events which included a goat show, horse pull, horse show, cattle show and oxen and working steers. There were also exhibitions of poultry, rabbits and a petting zoo.
My grandson slugger enjoyed the lawn tractor racing, antique tractor pull, farm and modified tractor pull, while my granddaughter ‘Lil Moomette won her first-every trophy for the tractor pedal pull!
Ever the domestic goddess, I enjoyed the barn that had all the arts and crafts hobbies, as well as display of winners of the baking contest, canned goods, fancy work and quilts, flowers, horticulture and photography.
The day turned out to be another major eating event (there goes my diet!) There were plenty of food booths with hot dogs, fried dough, fresh squeezed lemonade, BBQ Chicken cooked by church groups, and 10-inch grinders. We like to support the local church and civic organizations that sponsor food booths.
Despite Hurricane Irene, the fair was held as planned without any changes and fireworks were held on Sunday evening. Attendees were entertained by music at the bandstand.
Kids under 12 and parking were free.
Put the Haddam Neck Fair on your calendar for next year!
For More Information: www.haddamneckfair.com
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