2018 Schedule

ALL-DAY Every Day, September 27 – 30, 2018
Art Department
Solve the mystery! Look for the clues and earn an Art Detective ribbon. Guest Artist Series (see daily schedule).
Cow Palace
Milking Time each day, 4 – 6 PM

Discovery Center
Ongoing educational exhibits and demonstrations, located in the south end of the T Barn.

  • CCSU-CT Geology
  • Cedar Island Marina Research Lab
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • CT Master Gardeners Program
  • CT Vocational Schools (FFA)
  • Farm Stands in CT
  • Middlesex Amateur Radio Society
  • Natureworks, Monarch Butterflies
  • Rock Hounds
  • Treasure Hunters (metal detectors)
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Wesleyan Potters, including weaving, metalsmithing
  • Xavier Robotics (Friday, Saturday & Sunday only)
Farm Museum
Ongoing exhibits and demonstrations of early farm life, continuous blacksmith demonstrations. In addition, 3 times daily, pulley-driven antique farm equipment demonstrations, including corn grinders, hay press, lime crusher, corn chopper, wood saw, shingle mill and lunger engine.
Fiber Department
Spinning and weaving demonstrations, along with touch fibers and an educational area for kids
Llama Barn
Kids Place
Ongoing activities include corn crib, bubbles, photo opportunities.
Needlework Department
Sewing demonstrations daily, corner stage.
Roaming Acts
Musicians and entertainment acts, any day at any time! Acts include Brown Paper Sax and more.
Youth Exhibits
Various demonstrations, including corn husk doll making, scavenger hunts, special presentation by shoreline robotics team, and making fairy gardens, courtesy of Natureworks.
THURSDAY, September 27, 2018
Fair Hours: 4 PM – 10 PM
4 – 9   Craft Beer & Cider Tasting (Last ticket sold at 8 PM)
5:00 PM Jim Caturano, Josie Pinto, Cheese Making
Discovery Center
5:00   Antique Farm Equipment Demo
South End Farm Museum
5:00   Granpa’s Golden Rule Show: Kids Act
Green Stage
5:30 – 7 Cypress Allstars: Classic Rock
Center Stage
6:30 – 8 Matthew Popp & Post No Bills: Country
Green Stage
7:00   Ballroom Dance Exhibition (social dance demonstration & instruction)
Discovery Center
7 – 10 Demolition Derby
Motorized Events Area
7:30 – 9:30 Neighborhood Watch Band: Classic Rock
Center Stage
FRIDAY, September 28, 2018
Fair Hours: 9 AM – 10 PM
All Day   Scavenger Hunt
Youth Exhibits
9:00 AM Beef Cattle Showmanship
Cow Palace
9 – 3 PM Garden Tractor Pulls
Motorized Events Area
10:00 Learn about Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Explorers, & Sea Scouts
Youth Exhibits
10:00   Children's Hands-On Fleece Blanket Making
Needlework Building
10:00   Magic Show
Kids Place
10:00   Granpa’s Golden Rule Show: Kids Act
Green Stage
10:30 – 11:30 Paperhouse Productions: Youth Theater
Center Stage
11:00   Canning Dept: How to Pickle Beets
Presidents' Hall
11:00   Making Corn Husk Dolls demonstration
Youth Exhibits
11:00   Bunny Hop Contest
The Barnyard
11:00   Ox Pulls (all classes)
Pull Ring
11:00   Critter Show with Paul Benjunas
Kids Place
11 – 12:30 Plywood Cowboy: Americana
Green Stage
12:00 PM Balloon Animals
Kids Place
12 – 1:30 CRHS: High School Music Dept
Center Stage
12 – 9   Craft Beer & Cider Tasting (Last ticket sold at 8 PM)
1:00   Beth Payne, Dudley Farm, Blizzard of 1888
Discovery Center
1:00   Making Music with Susan Peak: Musical Craft Program
Kids Place
1 – 2:30 The Aquatudes: ’60s Surf Rock & Roll
Green Stage
2:00   Magic Organic Fairy Gardens, with Khiana from Natureworks
Youth Exhibits
2:00   Performance by Susan Peak
Kids Place
2:00   Antique Farm Equipment Demo
South End Farm Museum
2 – 3:30 The Engine Room: ’50s, ’60s, ’70s & ’80s Rock
Center Stage
2:45   Granpa’s Golden Rule Show: Kids Act
Green Stage
3:00   Mark Evans, Geology of CT
Discovery Center
3:00   Magic Show
Kids Place
3:15 – 4:45 SRH Experience: Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute
Green Stage
3:30 – 4:30 Cindy Hart, Art Demonstration: Techniques in Watercolor & Watercolor Tattoos
Creative Arts Building
4:00   Making Corn Husk Dolls demonstration
Youth Exhibits
4:00   Beth Payne, 19th Century Farming
Discovery Center
4:00   Dairy Cattle Showmanship
Cow Palace
4:00   Games & Contests
Kids Place
4 – 5:30 Sister Funk: All Female, High Energy Rock
Center Stage
5:00   Peter Marteka, Hiking Hidden CT
Discovery Center
5:00   Bunny Hop Contest
The Barnyard
5:00   Antique Farm Equipment Demo
South End Farm Museum
5:15 – 6:45 80 Pruf: 80's Glam Rock
Green Stage
6 – 7:30 Jackson Hill: Country
Center Stage
7:00   MELISSA ETHERIDGE: Rock
Main Stage
7 – 10   Figure 8 & Demolition Derby
Motorized Events Area
7:00   Granpa’s Golden Rule Show: Kids Act
Green Stage
8 – 10 Zydelicious: Zydeco, Blues & Country
Green Stage
8:00 – 9:30 Alex Shillo: Performing the Music of Bruce Springsteen
Center Stage
SATURDAY, September 29, 2018
Fair Hours: 9 AM – 11 PM
All Day   Scavenger Hunt
Youth Exhibits
8:30 AM Dairy Cattle Open & Junior Show
Cow Palace
9 – 3 PM Connecticut State Tractor Pullers Association CANCELED
Motorized Events Area
9:00   Goat Show
Goat Show Ring
9:00   Sheep Show
Sheep Show Ring
9 – 5   Llama Shows
Llama Ring outside of T Barn
9:30 –10:30 Ken Rowe: Woodworking Demonstration
Creative Arts Building
10:00 Learn about Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Explorers, & Sea Scouts
Youth Exhibits
10 – 2   Sewing Demonstrations
Needlework Building
10:00   Pony Pull (all classes)
Pull Ring
10:00   Rabbits Junior & Senior Showmanship
The Barnyard
10:00   Granpa’s Golden Rule Show: Kids Act
Green Stage
10:00   Mini Pedal Tractor Pull
Kids Place
10:30 – 11:30 Bored of Education: Youth Rock Band
Center Stage
11:00   Canning Dept: How to Can for a Blue Ribbon
Presidents' Hall
11:00   Learn about Girl Scouts
Youth Exhibits
11:00   Robotics Team demonstration
Youth Exhibits
11:00   Nancy DuBrule-Clemente: Planting for Pollinators
Discovery Center
11 – Noon Judy and Hope Harvey: Pottery Demonstration
Creative Arts Building
11:00   Poultry Jr. and Sr. Showmanship
The Barnyard
11:00   Antique Farm Equipment Demo
South End Farm Museum
11:00 Brown Paper Sax: 1920’s Jazz Sax Quintet
Roaming 
11:00   Critter Show with Paul Benjunas
Kids Place
11 – 12:30 Cash Lane Slim: Americana
Green Stage
12:00 PM Games & Contests
Kids Place
12:00   Allan Poole, Bee Keeping
Discovery Center
12:30 – 1:30 Betsy Titus, Art Demonstration: Portraits with Lettering
Creative Arts Building
12 – 1:30 CRHS: High School Music Dept
Center Stage
12 – 9   Craft Beer & Cider Tasting (Last ticket sold at 8 PM)
1:00   Irene Curtis Roberts, Backyard Visitors, Hummingbirds to Moose
Discovery Center
1:00   Making Music with Susan Peak: Musical Craft Program
Kids Place
1 – 2:30 Rockslide: Classic Rock
Green Stage
2:00   Making Corn Husk Dolls demonstration
Youth Exhibits
2:00   Patty Bonanno: Canning Demonstration
Discovery Center
2:00   Antique Farm Equipment Demo
South End Farm Museum
2:00   Durham Fair Talent Show
Center Stage
2:00   Performance by Susan Peak
Kids Place
2:45 Granpa’s Golden Rule Show: Kids Act
Green Stage
3:00   Mark Evans, Geology of CT
Discovery Center
3:00   Candy Bar Bingo
Kids Place
3:15 – 4:45 Crossover: New Country, Classic Rock
Green Stage
3:30 – 4:30 Madison Terrill: Personal Collection Demonstration
Creative Arts Building
4:00   Gail Reynolds, Exotic Pests and Biological Controls
Discovery Center
4:00   Magic Show
Kids Place
4 – 5:30 The Sabbs Brothers: Classic Rock and Country
Center Stage
5 – 6   Laura Bevis, Art Demonstration: Black & White Pencil Portraits
Creative Arts Building
5:00   Peter Marteka: Hiking Hidden CT
Discovery Center
5:00   Antique Farm Equipment Demo
South End Farm Museum
5:00   Bunny Hop Contest
The Barnyard
5:00   3-Horse Pull (all classes)
Pull Ring
5:15 – 6:45 The Locomotives: Folk, Rock, Blues
Green Stage
5:30 Sam Grow: Country
Main Stage
6:00   Making Corn Husk Dolls demonstration
Youth Exhibits
6 – 10 Truck & SUV Pull CANCELED
Motorized Events Area
6 – 7:30 Still I Rise: Alternative Rock
Center Stage
7:00   Battle of the Barns
Cow Palace
7:00 Granpa’s Golden Rule Show: Kids Act
Green Stage
7:00 SCOTTY McCREERY: Country
Main Stage
8:00 – 10:00 DownTown 6: High-Energy Rock and R&B
Green Stage
8:30 – 10:30 Mixed Signals: Groove oriented Rock and Blues
Center Stage
SUNDAY, September 30, 2018
Fair Hours: 9 AM – 7 PM
All Day   Scavenger Hunt
Youth Exhibits
9:15 AM Ecumenical Church Service
Green Stage
10:00 Learn about Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Explorers, & Sea Scouts
Youth Exhibits
10:00   Pair Draft Horse Pull (3125 lbs. or under 15 ft.)
Pull Ring
10:00   Mini Pedal Tractor Pull
Kids Place
10 – 11:30 Horizon Blue: Folk, Bluegrass & Country
Center Stage
10:30 – 12 Bend in the River: Americana
Green Stage
10 – 2   Sewing Demonstrations
Needlework Building
11:00   Canning Dept: Taste Test – Homemade vs. Store Bought
Presidents' Hall
11:00 Making Corn Husk Dolls demonstration
Youth Exhibits
11:00   Bob Reynolds, Meteorites
Discovery Center
11:00   Bunny Hop Contest
The Barnyard
11:00   Antique Farm Equipment Demo
South End Farm Museum
11:00   Critter Show with Paul Benjunas
Kids Place
11:30   CJ West and the Downtown Train: Country
Main Stage
12:00 PM Games & Contests
Kids Place
12:00   Kristin Derosia-Bannack, Got Oysters?
Discovery Center
12 – 1 PM Monster Truck Meet and Greet: Meet drivers and get autographs and pictures.
Motorized Events Area
12 – 1:30 Bourbon Chaser: Rock and Country
Center Stage
12 – 6   Craft Beer & Cider Tasting (Last ticket sold at 5 PM)
12:15   Granpa’s Golden Rule Show: Kids Act
Green Stage
1:00   Ray Luhn, Wreaths Across America
Discovery Center
1:00   Pair Draft Horse Pull (3,325 lbs. or under 15 ft.)
Pull Ring
1:00   USO Show Troupe: America, The Heartland
Main Stage
1:00   Making Music with Susan Peak: Musical Craft Program
Kids Place
1:15 – 2:45 Coconuts Comedy Rocks: Comedy and Classic Rock
Green Stage
2 – 3   Laura Bevis, Art Demonstration: Black & White Pencil Portraits
Creative Arts Building
2:00   Bob Reynolds, Fossil History of the Earth
Discovery Center
2:00   Monster Truck Show—Honor Veterans’ Day: Power Wheels Demolition Derby, Mom’s Mini Van Demolition Derby, Monster Truck freestyle event
Motorized Events Area
2:00   Animal Costume Parade
Cow Palace
2:00   Antique Farm Equipment Demo
South End Farm Museum
2:00   Performance by Susan Peak
Kids Place
2 – 3:30 Four Barrrel Billy: Rock, Swing and Honky Tonk
Center Stage
3:00   Chris Eisbach, Middlesex Malters Home Brewing Club
Discovery Center
3:00   Pair Draft Horse Pull (over 3,325 lbs. 12 ft.)
Pull Ring
3:00   Mariachi Mexico Antiguo: Mariachi Ensemble
Roaming
3:00   Granpa’s Golden Rule Show: Kids Act
Green Stage
3:00   Candy Bar Bingo
Kids Place
3:45 – 5:15 Mr. 6 O'clock Himself: Rock
Green Stage
4:00   Magic Show
Kids Place
4 – 5:30 Kings of Karma: Rock and Country
Center Stage
5:00   Antique Farm Equipment Demo
South End Farm Museum