Connecticut's Berlin Fair opens Sept. 15: Here's what to know

The 73rd edition of the Berlin Fair will open Thursday night with a bang — literally.

That's because when the agricultural fair — which runs at the Berlin Fair Grounds from Sept. 15 to 18 — opens Thursday night, it will kick off with demolition derby show. During the derby, cars enter a ring and attempt to destroy each other. The first place winner of the derby will win $2,000, second place will take home $1,000 and third place will win $500, according to Sky Fire Productions

The derby starts at 7 p.m., and the fair recommends guests arrive early to scout out a good seat.

The  Demolition Derby show at the Berlin Fair.

The  Demolition Derby show at the Berlin Fair.

Berlin Fair / contributed

Brand new to the event this year is the Space Adventures Thrill Show, which aims to "thrill and educate" guests with performers walking on walls and riding on motorcycles outside and inside a giant globe, according to its webpage. The show runs every day of the fair, according to its event schedule.

For animal lovers in attendance, there are showmanship contests for cattle, poultry, rabbits and sheep during the fair. They can also watch the Puppy Pals Comedic Stunt Dog Show, which runs every day of the fair and features adopted and rescued dogs performing tricks and "breathtaking feats." 

A cow at the Berlin Fair.

A cow at the Berlin Fair.

Berlin Fair / contributed

Commercial food vendors including Amy's Sweet Treats, The Dough House, Get Roasted, LLC, Just the Tips Steak and Thai Taste will be selling food at the fair this year. There's also a blueberry pie eating contest on Friday. Guests can wash down their food with beverages from brands like Counterweight Brewing Co., Twisted Tea and Michelob Ultra at a beer pavilion.

The fair will also feature a barn displaying antique tractors, some over 100 years old. Children will be able to play with toy tractors in a corn pit. The "Cow Town Museum" gets fairgoers up close and personal with cows, allowing them to milk their own cows and try their hand at making butter and ice cream.

Of course, the traditional carnival rides will also be part of the Berlin Fair. Guests will find a carousel and ferris wheel, as well as more "exhilarating" and "heart racing" rides, like "Spaceship 2000" and "Himalaya." Prizes are also up for grabs on the basketball free-throw and dart toss challenge, according to its website. 

"We have all the old-fashioned things that make a little fair like ours fun," Berlin Fair Secretary Debra Tubbs said. "We have things for everyone to enter and have fun doing."

The fair has a concert stage, where musical acts like Rave On, Jordan Fletcher, Wastin' Bullets, Mac Daddy Rock Band, Locomotion and the John Street Band will perform. 

"We do different bands every single year, so it's not the same old thing," Tubbs said.

Tickets for Thursday are on sale for $10 (and $15 for those wanting to see the Demolition Derby,) $15 ($10 for seniors) for Friday through Sunday and $35 ($25 for seniors) for the event's whole duration.

A two-pack of wristbands that give unlimited carnival rides is on sale for $55 and a two-pack is on sale for $99, according to its website.