TERRYVILLE – The Terryville Lions Country Fair celebrated its 74th annual event over the weekend.
Thousands of visitors Friday, Saturday and Sunday enjoyed rides, games, live entertainment, competitions, a demolition derby and lots of indulgent fair food.
“Despite the little bit of rain we had on Friday we still did the fireworks,” Fair President Steve Daigle said Sunday. “Yesterday was a banner day. We actually had no parking places left anywhere, which rarely happens.”
Daigle has presided over the fair the last four years, organizing and managing it with the help of 100 fellow Terryville Lions Club members and another 200-plus volunteers from the community.
“I’d like to give a big shout-out to all the volunteers who made this happen,” he said.
As the club’s largest fundraiser, the fair goes to benefit four scholarships awarded yearly to local students as well as other community causes.
An important part of the fair is the agricultural show, featuring dairy cattle, goats, poultry, swine, horses, sheep and oxen.
Thomaston resident Kyra Kelly spent the weekend in the cattle barn with her cow Gertie.
“This fair is always fun,” she pointed out. “It’s all people from the area; we know everybody, they always have good food and plenty of animals.”
Gertie lives on the Lazy D Ranch in Terryville with horses.
“She’s the only resident cow,” Kelly explained.
She tied up with Woodbury resident Chloe Bombero and her cow Lacey. The two met while exhibiting at last year’s Terryville Fair.
“I love it,” Bombero said of the fair. “It’s very enjoyable to get together with everyone.”
The variety of competitions over the weekend was wide, between Women’s Skillet Tossing and Wee Wee Wee Racing Pigs to Wood Sculpturing and a Cornhole Tournament.
Perhaps what many visitors looked forward to the most about was the food - fried concoctions of all kinds and comfort food fusions.
“Our favorite part is the demolition derby,” Bristol resident Cassandra Maillet said as she and her boyfriend Kenny Vazquez dove into a mac and cheese sandwich and pulled pork-topped mac and cheese. “Growing up we always went to it.”
“I like seeing the truck pulls,” he added. “Seeing which trucks are the biggest and baddest.”
For those who missed it, although the 2022 Terryville Country Fair is now over, there’s always next year.
“Next year will be the 75th anniversary of the fair so we are going to do something really special,” Daigle said. “We hope to start working on that as soon as this is over.”
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