Fair date:

Oct. 1st, 2023

We are adding new attractions up until Fair day. Be sure to check back in regularly.

Music / Entertainment

BUS13

BUS13 picks up tunes in Austin, Nashville, the South, and West and drops them off at New England music venues – and their spacious set lists leave plenty of leg room for their nationally acclaimed original music.

 

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Khaiim the RapOet

Khaiim the RapOet lectures on Creativity & Culture at Trinity, Yale, and other places where smart people go! Yet his fans prefer to catch him diving off stages, performing internationally with everyone from Pulitzer Prize poets like Alice Walker to Grammy winning MCs like Common.

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The Lost Tribe

The Lost Tribe is a drum-centered Afro-funk fusion ensemble, led by multi-percussionist, Jocelyn Pleasant. Their sound winds through many genres that are rooted in West African rhythms and sensibilities, with performances that are full of energy and groove.

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Podunk Throwbacks

Podunk Throwbacks

Deliriously Original, Genre-defying Music

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Teens of Praise Gospel Choir

WHS Teens of Praise Gospel Choir

With their rich tone quality and infectious spirit, the Teens of Praise Gospel Choir brings to the
genre of Gospel music a unique style and sound. A sound and message that is sure to uplift the
spirit and encourage the soul.

Under the dynamic direction of Dr. Tracee G. White.

Horizon Blue

Horizon Blue

Horizon Blue is an “Acoustic Americana” home-grown musical group.  Our songs and performances are from the heart, family friendly, conversational, and inviting. The original and well-known songs we perform have a storytelling aspect and are well received by audiences of all ages.

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Friendz World Music

FriendzWorldMusic perform various styles of music and dance, including West African, Afro-Caribbean, calypso, jazz, hip-hop, fusions and much more. Their vibrant, colorful, live performances give the audience the best experience of the explosive power of music, drum and dance.

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Ozone Pete

Ozone Pete

Singer/songwriter Ozone Pete, solo acoustic guitar/harmonica and smoky vocal covering classic folk and greasy blues genres - this year will include as a duo, guitar/keyboards and vocal of Tom Haynes; longtime member and founder of the Tirebiter Band.

Poetry Performance

Ozone Pete

Celebrate the power of poetry with us at our Poetry Performance!

This event will feature performances from the winners and judges of the 2023 Poetry Competition, as well as special guests from the local poetry community.

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Competition

Poetry Competition

Poetry Competition

As part of this year's Fair, we held a poetry competition. We had a great response and a good number of excellent submissions. The winners, as well as some of the judges will perform selected works.

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Gardening Competition

Get ready to showcase your green thumb at this year’s Country Fair Gardening Competition! Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, this competition is your chance to shine. We welcome both online and in-person submissions, making it easier than ever to share your gardening achievements with the community.

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Baking Competition

Baking Competition

Calling all bakers! Are you ready to show off your skills in the annual baking competition at the country fair? Dust off your aprons and get baking!

Categories:

- Adults: CAKES | COOKIES | PIES

- Kids: COOKIES

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Egg Drop Competition

EGG DROP

Calling all student engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers!

Student k-12 will compete ito design and build a device that will protect an egg from breaking when dropped from a height of 60 feet.

The winning entrant will be the one whose device protects the egg the best.

This is a great opportunity for students to learn about engineering design and problem-solving. It's also a lot of fun!

Silent Auction

Silent Auction

Through generous donations from local vendors, we've assembled lots of baskets full of amazing, themed items to be auctioned off to the highest bidder in our annual silent auction.

Baskets all retail over $100.

Attractions / Exhibitions

Tractor Parade

Tractor Parade

Kicking off this year's Fair is a Tractor Parade leaving from the Windsor Police dept at 110 Addison Rd, and proceeding to NWP just in time to open the Fair.

Begins at 9:30am.

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Beer/Spirit Tasting

Beer/Spirit Tasting

21+ Beer / Wine / Spirits Tasting Area.  An amazing selection of local brewers, vineyards and distillers to sample:

URBAN LODGE BREWERY | WORTHINGTON VINEYARD & WINERY | LITCHFIELD DISTILLERY | LUPPOLETO BREWERY | DUDLEY TOWN BREWERY

$4 entry w/ID

Mini pumpkin decorating

Mini pumpkin decorating

Paint your very own pumpkin! Just in time for the spooky season.

We have a lot of pumpkins, but they are first come, first serve.  Get yours early!

Farmer/Vendor Market

Sponsored by First Town Downtown.

Includes locally grown fruits, vegetables, baked goods, herbs, eggs, cheese, skincare products, candles and more.

Nowashe Village

Nowashe On the Go

Hands-on Artifact Exploration Table with local Indigenous cultural item. Material culture items include: an adult Black Bear; White-tailed deer pelts and hides; beaver, fox (Red and Grey), coyote and skunk pelts; Native games, including 'Hoop & Stick' and 'HubHub'. Plus a 9,000-year-old steatite (a soft stone)

Explore insects with an Entemologist

Entomologist Matthew Nochisaki shares his vast knowledge of local insects and the plant life that sustains them.  Live specimens and images.

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Axe Throwing

Axe Throwing

Experience the thrill of axe throwing as you unleash your inner lumberjack and test your accuracy at this exciting and unique event.

$5 / 5 min
$10 / 10 min

Riverside Reptiles

Riverside Reptiles Education Center (RREC) is a zoo dedicated to reptiles and amphibians. RREC gives visitors a special opportunity to get up close and personal with a diverse collection of 70 species of indigenous and exotic animals like snakes, lizards, alligators, turtles, and many other creatures from around the world. Our animals enjoy naturalistic enclosures, allowing for normal behavior and unique visitor observations.

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Bouncy Castle

Bouncy Castle/Slide

The kids will love spending time on this fun bouncy castle and bouncy slide.

Face Painting by Alecia

Experience face painter Alecia will temporarily turn your face into the canvas of your imagination.  Face painting and glitter tattoos available.  A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Friends of NWP.

$10, $15, $20 designs
glitter tattoos - $6

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Hay Rides

Hay Rides

A leisurely ride through the trails of beautiful Northwest Park in Autumn.  No Country Fair would be complete without it!

Beavers: Nature’s Engineers Exhibit

Beavers: Nature’s Engineers Exhibit

Beavers are a keystone species because of their ability to create wetland habitats using their amazing adaptations. Join NWP educators to learn more about these fascinating creatures and test your own skills at building a dam using natural materials.

Matica Arts Circus Station

Matica Arts Circus Station

Interactive circus station where participants can play and learn basic circus skills- juggling, hula hoop, Chinese yo-yo, spinning plates, devil sticks.

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Painting Workshops

What better backdrop to inspire your inner artist than the beauty of Northwest Park on an autumnal day?

We've enlisted two amazing local artists to host a workshop

2 x sessions (1hr ea.), 20ppl max per session
Ages 5+
All materials provided
$15/pps

Touch-A-Truck

Touch-A-Truck

This tactile and impressive display is a favorite for the young ones.  Big machines in all their glory.  Hands on!  Explore vehicles of all types. Ambulance, Police Cruiser, Cranes.

Local Lon Pelton will also have an historic display of tractors on site for all to view.

Adult Learning

A full day's schedule of educational presentations related to nature.  From insects and trees to local indigenous cultures.

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Water Conservation Exploration Exhibit

Water Conservation Exploration Exhibit

The Earth is a watery place. But just how much water exists on, in, and above our planet? Join Northwest Park educators to explore the water cycle and take a closer look at how pollution affects our community.

Build a Bluebird Box

Build a Bluebird Box

Help boost the local population and attract them to your own space by building a Bluebird Box.  These kits come ready to assemble. With John Waiveris.

$10/kit

Building Instructions

Army/Nat'l Guard Sponsored Fun Challenges

Athletic Challeges

A selection of athletic challenges to test your strength and will! Sponsored by the US Army and CT National Guard.

Dunk Tank by WEF

WEF sponsored Dunk Tank

WEF Board Members will be there to cheer you on!  Dunk someone just for fun or to support WEF! This is a fundraiser for us so throw as many balls as you like!

We’ll have giveaways and info about WEF so you can learn how we support Windsor public school students and teachers, and how you can help!

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Bring the Hoopla!

BringtheHoopla LLC provides high-quality programming for children of all ages by using the hoop as a form of play, exercise, and learning. We use positive reinforcement and encouragement to foster persistence, self-confidence, and free expression for all students.

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Big Red Book Truck

Big Red Book Truck is a mobile bookstore that celebrates the "culture," by providing children with a literary experience centered around people of color. 

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Tobacco Museum

The Connecticut Valley Tobacco Historical Society operates a museum to preserve the history of cigar-tobacco agriculture in the Connecticut River Valley and educate future generations.

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Concessions / Food

Keifers Kettle Korn

In the summer of 2003, we went on a quest to find the perfect popcorn. Having once enjoyed kettle corn at a local event, we combed country fairs and farmer’s markets in search of the product we had so loved. But while we tried kettle corn by hundreds of vendors in fairs all over the northeast region, never once did we taste a product which met our expectations. Keifer’s Kettle Korn is the result of our quest to find that perfect kettle corn.

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Lobster Tales

Lobster Tales

Lobster rolls!!!

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King of Pearl

King of Pearl

Authentic Philly Cheese Steak

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Curbside Comfort Cuisine

Specializing in comfort food based out of Central CT. Our Menu offers something for everyone in the family! Try our homemade baked mac & cheese, our cheesy loaded tots, homemade mozzarella sticks, fried Mac and cheese balls topped with our famous chipotle aioli, or pair all of these with one of our delicious soups!

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Fried Dough

Fried Dough

Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Windsor CT

Classic Fair food - Fried dough, served sweet - topped with powdered sugar, or savory with tomato sauce.

Kona Ice

With Kona Ice, you get to flavor your own Kona shaved ice. That’s right! Our very own Flavorwave makes that possible. You’ll get your Kona from the window of the truck and then off you go to choose as much of as many flavors as you want! Flavor to your heart’s content. In short...you do you - Kona style!

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The Bean

Your favorite coffee, served up with along side a tasty baked treat.  What could be better on a cool autumn day?

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Popcorn by Lions Club

The Windsor Lions Club sponsors this fair favorite.  Grab a bag of tasty popcorn!

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Maple Cotton Candy

Maple Cotton Candy

Imagine the sweet, sugary smell of cotton candy wafting through the air. Now imagine that smell infused with the rich, maple flavor. That's maple cotton candy!  And we have it at this years fair.

It's the perfect combination of sweet and savory, with a light and airy texture that melts in your mouth. The first bite is like a warm hug, and the flavor lingers long after you've finished eating.

Sponsored by Friends of NWP

 

Cider Donuts by Browns Harvest

Homemade mini apple cider donuts... Need we say more?

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Exquisite Flavors

Exquisite Flavors

Assorted Caribbean Style Cuisine.

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