NORTH STONINGTON — It's the time of year for carnival rides and corn dogs, tractor pulls and contests, pickle competitions and country music.

It's fair season.

And fair season kicks off in this part of the world with the annual North Stonington Agricultural Fair. This year marks the 54th year for the fair, which is sponsored by the North Stonington Community Grange and the North Stonington Volunteer Fire Department and features "the finest in entertainment, food, and wholesome fun for the entire family."

Fairgoers are encouraged to come and "enjoy and learn about farm life, see tractor and livestock pulls, view beautiful arts and crafts and enter some exciting competitions."

Rockwell amusements open Thursday at 5 p.m., and a petting zoo will be open during the four-day fair. The fair princess, junior princess and fair queen contests take place Thursday; Friday's events include a baled-hay toss and a demonstration by the Pawcatuck River Labrador Retriever Club.

On Saturday, look for the kid's parade, a visit from Bella the Clown, tractor pulls and the poultry show. Sunday begins with a Working Farm Draft Horse Show at 10 a.m., and a roving show with magician Robert Clarke.

New this year will be goat yoga, costumes and races.

Sugar, the popular local blues-rock-pop band, will headline this year's music program, performing Friday 8 to 10 p.m. Sandwiched on either side will be Northern Roots on Thursday with shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Katie Perkins on Saturday at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. and to close out the weekend Horizon Blue playing Sunday at noon and 3 p.m.

For a complete schedule, visit

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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