Connecticut's Four Town Fair returns to Somers this week

Connecticut’s Four Town Fair returns to Somers this week

The fair first began sometime in the winter of 1838 or 1839 as a cattle competition, According to the event site. The gallery got its name because Somers, East Windsor, Enfield, and Ellington each hosted the gallery at various points in time before choosing Somers as their permanent home. Fair estimates are that about 20,000 people attend each year.

“People gathered to participate in the competition, and 420 cows and bulls showed up. No one had ever seen so many cows and bulls in one place,” the website said.

The tradition continues this year. Contestants can enter animals such as horses, ponies, and oxen in competitions that determine who can pull the most weight.

The animals won’t be the only ones gaining weight: the exhibit has Doodle Bag tractors, where participants ride their doodle bug tractors as they drag their weights across the field. This type of contest started at the fair in the 1950s, and has since been accredited by Orange Country Fair and Lebanon Country Fair, Secretary of For Town Fair Janice Steinmetz said.

A Doodle Bag tractor pulls at the Four Town Show.

Four Town Fair / Contribute

Other livestock such as cows, pigs, and rabbits will also be judged for the skill of appearing. Due to the outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu), this year’s event will not have a poultry show, according to Steinmetz.

The fair will also host a “King of the Pumpkin Patch” competition, where contestants can step into the giant pumpkins they’re growing to see who has the heaviest.

Foodies can dine during Sunday corn and waffle eating contests. There are also several state food-related competitions that are shared between the Four Town Fair and other participating fairs such as the Guilford Fair or the Berlin Lions Agricultural Fair, according to the ctagfairs.org. During the 2022 State Baking Contest, guests are judged on who has the best Abraham Lincoln cake, carrot cake, or apple pie.

2022 state photo contest, Where contestants are asked to enter photos based on the “Connecticut Fairs” theme, entries will be opened. Participants can also enter quilts to view while Country Quilt Competition 2022which will take place in early November.

Guests can view antique and classic cars during a car show on Thursday, and watch the firetrucks in action during Saturday’s parade.

“People like to come down and look.” [at the classic cars]. I love looking at them too. Last year we had nearly 70 entries,” Steinmetz said.

Classic cars in Fore Town Fair.

Classic cars in Fore Town Fair.

Four Town Fair / Contribute

Each day of the fair will feature a new musician performing on the main stage of the fair, including East Coast Cowboys on Thursday, and Arizona Maid Squad Friday, aquite Saturday and Bart and hired weapons Sunday. “There’s a lot going on, it’s an old-fashioned family fair,” Steinmetz said.

Tickets to the event are $6 on Thursdays, $10 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and $25 for the entire duration. Children 12 years old and under free of charge. Steinmetz said the show decided not to raise prices this year because they want families to be able to afford to come, even though costs are rising due to inflation.

Mega Passes are also available, giving guests unlimited rides on mechanical attractions like carousels and Ferris wheels on a day of their choosing. They cost $40 per person until September 15th and will cost $45 after that, According to Fiesta Shows.

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