February 8, 2023

The 159th Woodstock Fair, in 2019.

WOODSTOCK, Conn. — For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Woodstock Fair will return to normal.

In fact, the 161st edition of the annual Labor Day weekend fair — Sept. 2-5 this year — will be better than normal with a expanded carnival for smaller children, a bigger and better horse show and a goat exhibit.

The only thing missing will be the chickens due to the earlier outbreak of avian influenza and a desire to err on the side of caution, acting fair President Jeffrey Gordon said.

While the fair stays true to its agricultural roots, it’s become an event with something for everyone, Gordon said.

In a file photo, Jeffrey Taddeo of Newington hurls a baseball at a clown sitting in a dunk tank at the 2019 Woodstock Fair.

“We expanded the carnival area because people really seemed to like that,” Gordon said, adding that the area is separate from the midway which has ride more suited for teenagers and adults.

With two stages for entertainment, there’s an opportunity to see some bigger names on the Main Stage including Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts, the Gatlin Brothers, the Gin Blossoms and Dire Straits Legacy, which features five of the original Dire Straits members.

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