PLYMOUTH - A beautiful weekend weather-wise delighted fairgoers.
The Terryville Lions Country Fair saw close to 25,000 visitors Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They enjoyed a variety of foods while taking in the sights and sounds of the event, from oxen pulling tractors, to women tossing skillets, men sculpting wood and one of Sunday’s biggest draws - a demolition derby.
Hundreds of volunteers from around town facilitated activities, including close to 100 members of the Terryville Lions Club. They were joined by employees of Thomaston Savings Bank, members of the Knights of Columbus and students from Terryville High School.
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” Concessions Manager Karen Zagurski said. “All the money we make here goes right back into the town. We don’t keep a dime.”
Among causes that will benefit this year are a scholarship fund, the Plymouth Food Pantry and a new multi-purpose sports field being built near the town’s community gardens.
“Last night was really packed; you couldn’t move,” Zagurski said of Saturday night, when a fireworks show took place along with the carnival and other activities.
The club is already preparing for the fair’s 75th anniversary four years from now.
“That’s going to be a big to-do,” Zagurski added.
Randy Phillips walked from his home down the street to the fairgrounds to watch the farm animals pull tractors on Sunday.
“I like to see the power of these animals,” he said, watching two oxen walk forward inside the ring, moving a John Deere at the same time.
Meanwhile, Gene Kaczypenski and Steve Adamowich served cups of beer from a booth next to the entertainment stage. Adamowich sipped as he served.
“I’m drinking an IPA which I’m not familiar with,” he explained. “I figured I’d see what all the fuss is about.”
Terryville resident Fred Messenger proudly stood in his own booth beside two red-painted engines that have been in his family since before they had electricity.
One was a 1916 Galloway Masterpiece Six, which he’s particularly fond of.
“My father and grandfather bought it new in 1916 for their farm in North Canton,” Messenger said. “They used it as a cord wood saw. I came to show people what our history used to be like.”
The second machine was a mud sucker pump he rebuilt last year.
“It was a piece of rust,” Messenger said, sharing a photograph he kept of what it looked like before he took it apart.
“It’s a hobby,” he added.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.