Berlin Fair adds an extra day, and a demolition derby

Published on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 22:18
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - The Berlin Fair will be four days instead of three this year and will feature a demolition derby.

The fair will begin on Thursday, Sept. 14, and run through Sunday, Sept. 17.

Traditionally held the first weekend in October, the fair was moved to the third weekend in September as a way to draw more vendors and avoid rain.

“We’re trying to change up the fair,” said Lenny Tubbs, president of the Berlin Lions Club.

The derby will be hosted by JM Motorsport Productions. It consists of five heats that will feature individuals driving cars into each other until the vehicles can’t run anymore.

“Interested drivers from both near and far are always welcome to participate and be part of the action,” a release announcing the entertainment said.

“It’s an exciting event,” said Tubbs.

The day will begin at 4:30 p.m. and require an additional ticket for admission. Music from Tim McDonald will be played at the lower pavilion, and lower concession stands, including food and beer, and the antique tractor barn will be open, Tubbs said.

Saturday’s entertainment will feature country singer-songwriter and guitarist Frankie Ballard, who topped the U.S. Country Airplay with “Helluva Life,” “Sunshine & Whiskey” and “Young & Crazy.” Jeff Pitchell and The Legends, which consists of family descendants of The Allman Brothers Band and Ray Charles, will headline Sunday. Steven Corning of Maine, will also provide family entertainment.

Regular staples, such as the food stands from local organizations, rides from Dreamland Amusements, a rodeo by Painted Pony Rodeo of New York, arts and crafts competitions, agriculture and live stock competitions, will be back this year. Tractor and ox pulls, and frog races will also be featured.

Advance tickets for the fair are available and can be purchased at Kensington Auto Service, 89 Harding Street, Kensington Opticians, 7 Webster Square Road, at Matson Rugs, 892 Farmington Ave. for $10. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and older) and children 11 and under are free.

Wristbands granting access to any of the rides on Friday only for $20 can be purchased at the Berlin High School main entrance/lobby on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 14, from 8 to 11 a.m. Wristbands will also be available at all schools during open house until Sept. 11. Advance purchase wristbands will help support the Berlin Upbeat program, according the fair’s website.

Wristbands for Sunday can also be bought at the fair for $30. No wristbands will be available for Saturday and people will need to buy separate tickets for each ride, said Tubbs.

“We’re a local, agricultural fair but big enough to make it worth driving 30 or 40 miles to see,” Tubbs has said previously. “We put a show out there and the people and stuff that we bring, it’s the real deal.”

Those interested in the demolition derby can contact JM Motorsport Productions at 713-980-6533 or visit their website at

For more information on the fair in general, visit

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General News, New Britain, Newington on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 22:18. Updated: Tuesday, 15 August 2017 22:20.