The Woodstock Fair in Woodstock, CT, open every Labor Day weekend (and only for the weekend), did not disappoint this year. For me, the Woodstock Fair marks the beginning of fair season in our area of New England. It’s a short slide to The Big E in Springfield, MA and then the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, MA. There’s lots of great fairs throughout the summer, like the Bolton Fair in August, but the fall season goes hand-in-hand with fair season for me.
There are so many reasons to love the Woodstock Fair. The size is very manageable (see the 2012 fairgrounds map), the midway has the requisite number of rides, and there is a good sampling of farm animals, like cows, sheep, goats, and chickens. The fair itself doesn’t change much from year to year, which makes it delightfully the same experience every year.
One of my favorite attractions at Woodstock is the Antique Corner that includes a grand selection of old farm tractors, some of which date back to the early 20th century. There’s also a row or two of antique cars on display. I was fascinated by hood ornaments this year, like this one from a 1955 Bel-Air or this one from an old Mack Truck.
And you can’t be at the fair and not walk through the Cow Barn. This bull was sporting a fancy new-ish nose ring. Our friend Kristin asked a nearby farmer (it seems too stuffy to call them “exhibitors”) why the cow had a nose ring. Turns out that bulls are ornery and they will loop the lead through the ring. It keeps them in line better than a harness. File under: Who knew?
Want to see more photos of fairs and festivals around New England? Check out my online gallery at Photos.Frembes.com.