BERLIN - As a way to bring more entertainment to attendees and more fundraising for charities, there are some new events planned for the Berlin Fair this year.
In the plans are a talent competition, bingo and helicopter rides.
The Berlin Fair events are scheduled to run from Thursday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 16.
“Calling all singers, musicians, magicians, dancers, jugglers and comedians... whatever your is, The Berlin Fair wants to see it!,” a post on the Berlin Fair’s Facebook page said.
The first-ever “Berlin’s Got Talent” at the fair will hold auditions on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 5-9 p.m. at the Blacktop Stage.
From there, all qualifying acts will advance to the live performances at the Berlin Fair, starting on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Concert Stage at noon.
The final acts will perform on Sunday, Sept. 16, on the Concert Sage at 11 a.m. with a winner announced then. A total amount of $1,000 in cash prizes will be given out.
“We try to change it up a little and have some fun,” said Lenny Tubbs, who helped spearhead the effort. “That’s what it’s supposed to be.”
Acts must be under three minutes long. A DJ will be available to play music, and a microphone will also be available for singing and speaking.
Material must be appropriate for all ages and props must be brought by the performers.
The competition is open to all ages and residents of any town, not just Berlin.
Also new this year will be a “Future Farmers” tour geared toward kids, but open to all ages.
Lions Member Tammy Campanelli said the tour will work by having a person pick up a brochure and trying to get stickers for it by visiting all the different agricultural stations, such as the antique tractor barn, the cow barn and more.
While at each station, the individuals will hear a brief presentation on the station, so that by the end of it they can become a “Future Farmer,” Campanelli said.
“It’s bringing (the fair) back to an agriculture fair, which is what we are,” Campanelli said. “Berlin is a farm town.”
The program will be free and will be based out of the poultry barn.
Under a different hat, Campanelli is also organizing a Bingo tournament with the Nonprofit she started in 2016, You Can Love Life, after she overcame a battle with breast cancer.
The organization aims to fundraise for cancer patients and those undergoing chemotherapy treatments by collecting gift cards to go to those people.
That way, they can buy a hat, a movie, or something they like.
The Bingo games will be each day of the fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with games every hour, cash and toy prizes and an opportunity to win a 55-inch TV every night.
The cost to play is three cards for $3 and two sets of three cards for $5.
Proceeds from the game will go to the organization’s gift card collection, which will be given primarily to the Cancer Center of Central Connecticut in Plainville, and the Children’s Cancer Center in Hartford.
“It’ll be fun,” said Campanelli. “The more we raise the more we can give out,” to other places.
Rounding out the new entertainment this year will be a cornhole tournament for all three days behind the Pavilion at 2 p.m., after the Lions club built five sets of cornhole boards, said Tubbs.
The cost of entry will be $5 a person with 50 percent of the collection going toward prizes for the winners, and the other 50 percent going toward the Berlin Lions charities.
Returning to the fair will be helicopter rides that will run on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“See the fair from the air,” Fair President John Zarotney said is the slogan he thought of for it.
The rides will last five minutes, plus take off and landing, and be for up to three people at a time. They will cost $40 each.
For more information on, and to purchase tickets online for, the Berlin Fair, visit ctberlinfair.com.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.