'The biggest little fair in the country': The Berlin Fair returns

Published on Wednesday, 14 September 2022 10:11
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


BERLIN – The Berlin Fair is upon us.

“The biggest little fair in the country” is set to open this Thursday at 4 p.m. Its hours are Thurs. 4-10 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

“We have something for everyone,” public relations chairman Lenny Tubbs said.

He coined the phrase “the biggest little fair in the country” and is looking forward to a jam-packed four days of fair fun. The Berlin Lions Club’s Annual Fair benefits the many causes and charities the club supports.

For animal lovers and farm friends, the fair’s agricultural areas will have cattle, chickens, rabbits, goat, sheep and swine. The Children’s Frog Jump and Turtle Race is set to take place Saturday at 2 p.m. Puppy Pals Comedic Stunt Dog Show and a Space Adventure Thrill Show will take place on-site throughout the weekend.

For the musically inclined and avid listeners, the Berlin Fair’s entertainment schedule has a lot to brag about this year.

“We have some great entertainment lined up for anybody who wants to come, including some really high-energy, 50s and 60s bands performing Friday night,” Tubbs said.

Berlin-based band Locomotion will be performing at 8 p.m. Friday.

At any given time when the fair is open, bands and musicians will be performing on either the main stage or the pavilion stage. From indie rock to country music to classic rock and roll, all genres of music will be heard.

There’s also the highly-anticipated Berlin’s Got Talent competition happening Fri.-Sun.

“We have 12 contestants going through to the semi-finals,” Tubbs said. “There are some very talented people in this lineup.”

People who come for the food have a special treat this year: food trucks in addition to all the regular offerings from Berlin businesses and organizations.

“Our food concessions are mostly made up of local non profits, but this year we’ve brought in a few different food trucks to compliment what we already have,” Tubbs said. “You shouldn’t go hungry at the fair.”

Bingo will take place Friday and Saturday at 5 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 and 5 p.m. Prizes include 55” and 70” televisions. Town dignitaries will serve as special guest bingo callers for the late games, including Mayor Mark Kaczynski, State Rep. Donna Veach and Fire Chief Jeff Pajor.

Proceeds from bingo will benefit Berlin resident Tammy Campanelli’s non-profit You Can Love Life, toward the purchase of gift cards for cancer patients undergoing treatment at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Center.

There are too many rides, games, contests and attractions to mention.

For a full schedule of events and offerings, visit ctberlinfair.com.

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at edrzewiecki@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Wednesday, 14 September 2022 10:11. Updated: Wednesday, 14 September 2022 10:13.