TERRYVILLE - With hundreds of guests pouring into the fairgrounds, President of the Lions Club Steve Daigle said he loves seeing the progress of the Terryville Lions Country Fair, which opened on Friday at 4 p.m.
"We see photos of the fair from its early beginnings with tents to now it's progressed into buildings and motor sport arenas," said Daigle. "Due to high demand for attendance to the motor sport attractions, we added over 1,000 seats."
This year's festival features live music, the demolition derby, animal pulls, tractor pulls and fair rides. Enjoying the carousel at the fair was 17-month-old Wyatt and his grandparents Linda and Richard Box from Torrington.
"We haven't been here in 10 years," said Linda Box. "But we knew this is something our grandson, Wyatt, would like. We had some burgers and now we're going to ride some rides. It's fun to just get out and do something."
Merry Jackson, from Wallingford, said that her favorite part was seeing the craft and hobby displays.
"It's such a small and cute fair," said Jackson. "The last time we came here was about nine years ago and I am dying to get the fried dough. We listened to some of the live music and are just having a nice time."
A fair wouldn't be complete without a wide variety of carnival food. Guests can enjoy classics like corn dogs, kettle corn, cotton candy and apple fritters to more exotic cuisines like Vietnamese food, kielbasa and Greek gyros.
Expecting a crowd of about 5,000, Daigle said he looks forward to enjoying the night.
"It's all about giving back to the community and there is a lot of hard work from our volunteers. This fair wouldn't be possible without them," said Daigle.
Located on Town Hill Road in Terryville, the fair will be open on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 25 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission is $9 per person. For more information about ticket packages and event schedules, visit their website at https://www.terryvillefair.org/