BERLIN - Less than 24 hours after the last fried treat and cup of beer were served and the final rotation of the ferris wheel took place, crickets returned to the fairgrounds on Beckley Road.
The 72nd Berlin Fair drew tens of thousands to the Lions Club property over the past weekend, an annual town tradition that seemed to celebrate its largest showing yet.
“As far as attendance, we don’t have the final numbers but we possibly set records,” Fair President Gary “Doc” Schmidt said late Monday, in between his full-time job as “The Drain Doctor” and the Berlin Lions’ post-fair shindig. “The fair breakdown happens in a heartbeat. Then we have our big turkey dinner – it’s like Thanksgiving – just to celebrate ourselves.”
The Berlin Lions give of themselves all year long, from scholarships for graduating seniors at Berlin High School to meals for low-income seniors at Marjorie Moore Village. Not to mention the fact they plan and execute the Berlin Fair – residents’ favorite collective pastime.
After expenses are paid, proceeds raised by the fair go to support the Lions’ charity causes and outreach.
“We have multiple vehicles we go through and funds that annual donations are made to,” Schmidt said. “Some are just one year, some are for 10 years.”
And some they don’t talk about, since they deal with sensitive matters and helping those in dire straits.
A year after the 2020 Berlin Fair was canceled by covid-19, the 72nd Fair was a huge success.
“Everything is going as scheduled,” Schmidt said. “The weather cooperated all weekend for us and we had an amazing show of support from the community and surrounding towns.”
The Berlin Lions Club posted a survey to ctberlinfair.com for attendees to fill out in case they haven’t had their fill of the Fair just yet. Responses are anonymous.
Stay tuned for updates on the 73rd Berlin Fair, set for Sept. 2022.
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