Brooklyn: Fair offering new types of fun

Dustin Racioppi

Brooklyn Fair President Rick Hermonot and the fair’s board of directors have added new features they feel will become mainstays of one of the oldest fairs in the country, which opens Thursday.

But the admission and other prices are staying the same as last year’s fair.

“We’re trying to make it easier for families to have a good time, and not have to pay extra like they do everywhere else,” Hermonot said.

The exhibit, “Your Backyard Farm,” will provide information on how to plant a garden or raise small animals.

Killingly’s Roger Poitrus and other fair volunteers will run the display during the weekend, showing people how easy it is to become a small-time farmer, whether it means raising a half-dozen chickens or growing tomatoes.

“What we’re trying to do is show people, so they can see it, as opposed to reading about it,” Poitrus said.

“A Taste of Windham” will allow visitors to learn first-hand what homemade products taste like. Vendors selling ice cream, bison, maple syrup, beef and more will offer their locally grown products, providing an alternative to the standard funnel cake, burgers and candy at the fair.

‘A real focal point’

“We want that to become a real focal point,” Hermonot said, “and for it to grow.”

Visitors also will be able to see what people complained about before there was such a thing as high gas prices, with Moosup resident Bob Robertson’s display of nearly a dozen carriages and sleighs from the late 19th century.

Homeowners can learn the ins and outs of clean energy by attending seminars Friday and Saturday, or they can learn how to make tools and other objects with a visit to the blacksmith’s stand.

Meanwhile, children can play in the expanded Playland area or help paint a 20-foot-wide mural at the fair entrance.

Brooklyn Fair

Cost: $10 daily admission; children 12 and younger free; on Sunday, $6 for seniors; parking $4.

For more information, visit www.brooklynfair.org

Norwich Bulletin