BERLIN - Moving the Berlin Fair up two weeks has paid off for organizers, as the weather so far has been nothing short of gorgeous.
Saturday was yet another beautiful, sunny day, with temperatures in the low 80s, and visitors from all over came to indulge on cotton candy, fried dough and other fair favorites.
Annie Hallock was impressed by how much the fair had to offer.
“It’s awesome,” she said. “It’s overwhelming. I’m not sure which way to go first.”
While Hallock has been to a number of area fairs over the years, she said this was her first time at the historic Berlin Fair.
“This is bigger than most,” Hallock said. “There’s more booths, I think.”
Fair President Fritz Schmalberger said the decision to hold the event earlier in the season could not have turned out better.
“There’s better rides,” he said. “A lot of the people who do these fairs like to go south at the end of the season.”
Probably the biggest benefit of holding the fair earlier was that organizers were able to avoid the cold, rainy weather that can come in early October and seems to always fall on the week of the Berlin Fair, as it has the last several years.
“A nice day is what the people really like,” Schmalberger said. “People really like to go to a fair.”
“We get to show off Berlin, because it really takes a whole town to put something like this on,” he continued. “It’s really a noncommercial fair. The booths are all nonprofit.”
This was also the first year the fair started on a Thursday. Given the good turnout, Schmalberger said it’s likely that will be the new standard going forward.
The fair boasts a number of attractions, including bull riding, go-karts, horseback riding, live musical performances, a tractor display and livestock displays.
David Elsy said he has visited the fair a handful of times over the years, and he’s always impressed.
“It’s very well organized,” Elsy said. “It’s very clean. A lot of festivals you go to have garbage around, but the Lions Club does a very good job with this one.”
The fair will wrap up today, running from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The National Weather Service is calling for another nice day, with only a 20 percent chance of rain.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.