Aug 13, 201403:25 PMLitchfield
Bridgewater Country Fair
No plans this weekend? Fear not, the Bridgewater Country Fair is back in all its pig racing, pie eating, tractor pulling glory starting Friday, August 15th and ending Sunday, August 17th.
The fair celebrates its 63rd installment this weekend, and, in keeping with its roots, it boasts a lineup of country-themed rides, games, performances and dining.
Some of the Bridgewater Country Fair’s more unique highlights include the Hot Dog Pig races, run several times a day, Motocross exhibitions, antique - and modern - tractor pulls, the hay bale toss and showings of livestock.
The talents of local artists and craftsmen are on display all weekend as well. The Bridgewater Fire House will host its annual art and photo exhibit, while other parts of the fair showcase needlework and home made furniture.
Children will be smitten with the Hot Dog Pig races, or, might spend hours enjoying the selection of rides and games, perhaps while indulging in a stick of cotton candy or a cone of ice cream. Don't have a sweet tooth? Stop by one of the many food tents to grab a hot dog or a burger hot off the grill.
In addition, the Fair has proven itself an important showcase for musicians of local and national acclaim. Country-rock and blues are the genres of choice, featuring Bridgewater’s Roots Rock Review, local country act JR Waters and budding country star Tim Charron, who has opened for the likes of Bret Michaels and the Charlie Daniels Band. The weekend’s musical entertainment culminates with an appearance from Terra Coda, a World music percussion ensemble that is sure to rock the house.
Hosted in Bridgewater’s super-quaint town center, the Bridgewater Fair attracts multitudes of observers from all over the state, as well as a slew of residents from New York and Massachusetts (some of whom, undoubtedly, make the pilgrimage in order to sink their teeth into one of the fair’s famous roast beef sandwiches).
Be advised, parking within the vicinity of the fair is difficult and torrential rain seems to plague the festivities every year. So, in the case of foul weather, be prepared for a long, muddy walk from the car to the entrance gates.
But rain or shine, the Fair must go on. So let us hope for clear skies and a happy weekend of overeating, music, arts and old-fashioned country showmanship.
Admission is $8 for adults, free for children. Proceeds go to Bridgewater’s Volunteer Firefighters. For more information visit http://www.bridgewaterfair.com/.