LYME, CT — Milestone Midway Carnival rides, kids games, food concessions, oxen-pull, arts and crafts, and top local musicians are among the favorite attractions for visitors attending the annual Hamburg Fair, now celebrating its 118th year. Hosted by The Lyme Grange, the fair takes place rain or shine Friday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1 Sterling City Road, Lyme, Conn. (located at the intersection of Rte. 156 and across from Reynolds’ Subaru).
General admission to the fair is $7 per person, children up to age 12 are free. Senior Citizens and Active Service men and women receive a reduced rate of $5 per person (ID required). Tickets are available for purchase at the entrance and $5 parking is offered on and nearby the site.
The three-day family friendly fair showcases many agricultural fair traditions including entries and exhibits for flowers, photography, crafts, quilts, fruits, vegetables and more. The intimate size of the fair makes for easy navigation, parking and crowd control.
Young fairgoers will enjoy children’s games offered on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will include a watermelon eating contest, face-painting, a three-legged race and prize-winning contests. Visitors are invited to watch the traditional horse pull on Saturday at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and a new three-horse pull at 8 p.m. The oxen pulls will take place throughout the day on Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m.
Free on-stage music talent and entertainment has become part of the Hamburg Fair tradition. From country to rock, fiddlers to funk, there is something for everyone who enjoys live music.
The fair kicks off Friday evening music with performances in the amphitheater from country music favorites Charlie Marie and Nashville Drive.
See many local young artists hosted by Music Now and Nightingale’s Showcase on Saturday afternoon followed by A Completely Different Note – an a capella singing group from UConn featuring Braiden Sunshine, who will warm the stage up for Chris MacKay and the Toneshifters Saturday evening.
Sunday afternoon opens with something new – The Pickin’ Party, an all-inclusive musical experience where participants play and sing together as a group led by Ramblin’ Dan Stevens concluding with the traditional Bristol Old Time Fiddlers.
The full musical entertainment line-up is as follows:
6:00-8:00pm: Charlie Marie – Country Music Duo
8:30-10:30pm: Nashville Drive – Rockin’ Modern Country Band
1:00pm -5:45pm: Music Now/Nightingale’s Showcase – Up and coming local talent
1:00-1:20 Michael DeGaetano
1:25-1:45 Emily May
1:50-2:20 Jess Kegley
2:25-2:55 Chris Gregor
3:00-3:30 Drew Cathcart
4:20-4:55 Sophia and Addie
5:05-5:45 Whiskey and Aspirin
6:00-7:00pm: A Completely Different Note – Acapella singing group from UConn featuring Braiden Sunshine
7:30- 9:30pm: Chris MacKay and the Toneshifters – upbeat eclectic mix of rockabilly, swing and blues
1:00-3:00pm: The Pickin’ Party – an all-inclusive musical experience where participants play and sing together as a group led by Ramblin’ Dan Stevens
3:00-6:00pm: Bristol Old Time Fiddlers
Highlighted Sponsors of the Hamburg Fair include Reynolds’ Subaru, Hamilton Point Investments, GeoMatrix, Maddy Mattson Coldwell Banker Bank, Benedetto Heating & AC LLC, Bogaert Construction, Guilford Savings Bank, Middlesex Health, LymeLine.com, Lyme Public Hall Association, Block Design Build, Sapia Builders, Allyson Cotton William Pitt/Sotheby’s, and New England Power Equipment.
Visit www.hamburgfair.org for fair schedule, exhibit entry, and more information.
The 118th Hamburg Fair is hosted by Lyme Grange #147 and organized by many local volunteers to build community relationships and create lasting family memories. Money raised from the event proceeds are used to fund the Grange Association, Lyme Fire Association and Lyme Ambulance Association.