North Stonington Agricultural Fair opens Thursday

Children and parents ride a small roller coaster during the North Stonington Agricultural Fair on July 16, 2017. The fair will kick off its 54th year Thursday, July 12, 2018, bringing with it plenty of animals, competitions, amusement rides, country and rock music and oh so much food.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)
Children and parents ride a small roller coaster during the North Stonington Agricultural Fair on July 16, 2017. The fair will kick off its 54th year Thursday, July 12, 2018, bringing with it plenty of animals, competitions, amusement rides, country and rock music and oh so much food. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

North Stonington — Every year, rain or shine, it makes its way to town — and this year is no exception.

The North Stonington Agricultural Fair will kick off its 54th year Thursday, bringing with it plenty of animals, competitions, amusement rides, country and rock music and oh so much food.

"We're proud to bring a small town like this together for a fun family-oriented event and our goal is to promote agriculture," said Jody Whipple, vice president of the fair. "There's something for everyone here. ... some may not be into stage shows, or the animals or ever ride a ride, but you can walk the grounds and find something to be entertained with."

This year, guests will see the return of their favorite events, including the pie-eating contest, hay bale toss, oxen pull and working farm draft horse show. Visitors also will be able to catch the return of favorite musical acts, including AC/DC cover band Dirty Deeds and country musician Nick Bosse, a North Stonington native.

There also will be a few new additions this year.

Event organizers, who have been planning this year's fair since last September, said two new events they are very excited about are the costumed goat races and antique tractor pull. This year's fair also will be the first to feature a baby care station, a comfortable, quiet, private area for parents to feed, change or nurse their children.

This year's fair will continue to boast dozens more animal shows, arts and crafts and the fair queen competition, offering plenty of opportunities for residents to come together as a community.  

"A lot of people come here and it's the only time of the year they meet, once a year at the North Stonington Fair," fair President Mike Riley said. "A lot of people have a good time."

The fair opens Thursday, July 12, at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday, July 15. More information about the festivities can be found on its website, www.northstoningtonfair.org.

c.clark@theday.com

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