One of my favorite part about summer is when the fair season officially starts! North Stonington Agricultural Fair is the first fair to kick off the season this upcoming weekend July 11th-14th. I have been going to No Sto Fair as long as I have been in CT (8 years!). It’s my favorite fair to attend in New London county. Nothing beats the small community of No Sto, the folks are amazing. They show their pride by the hard work they put into the fair and know how to welcome everyone to their beautiful town.
I’m gonna go off track for a sec to rave about this town. I love the town of No Sto as it reminds me of my hometown back in Upstate NY. It’s quiet, rural countryside setting away from the bustle. Sometimes I would go for a drive around No Sto to take in the beauty of the farmlands and beautiful homes. There are definitely a LOT of cows! Pssst, if you want to stop at farm stands - be sure to look for Kady’s Farm Stand AND Terra Firma Farm on Norwich Westerly Road. Kady’s has good selection of veggies and meat. Terra Firma Farm has the best milk (try the coffee milk!). They also have eggs, pork, yogurt and ice cream. I also love to stop in Wheeler School and Library - their rich history is very fascinating!
My favorite sandwich place to go to actually resides in North Stonington on Norwich Westerly Road in the Holly Green Plaza. Press On Sandwich Crafters LLC is a hidden gem in No Sto. They offer a breakfast and lunch menu. The family who owns it are super friendly, making their customer service top notch. I feel like I’m a regular visiting friends every time I walk in there. They’re very welcoming and the atmosphere is very cozy. There’s also outdoor seating so I was able to bring my pup along once. My sandwich recommendation is either the Bridge Keeper or Robin’s Minstrel. Great sandwiches, good portion and affordable!
OK… back to the fair season. North Stonington Agricultural Fair runs for 4 days with many different events daily. The schedule is posted on their Facebook page or their website. There are many shows including cattle, horse, sheep, goat, poultry and rabbit. It’s always fun to walk through the barn where the cows are, you can see them up close and take the photos for Insta. The farmers also are there so you can always ask them questions if you want to know more about raising cows. There’s also another barn with rabbits and chickens. Some of them can be purchased at the fair.
My favorite event, where you will always find me, are the tractor pulls. There are also trucks and SUVs pulls at the fair. It’s so much fun to watch. It’s amazing to see all the work that people do to their vehicles to try to win the competitions. You can tell that some of them have been worked on for a long time! If you don’t know what a tractor pull (or trucks/SUVs) is, it is a motor sport event where the vehicles are modified to try to win the competitions. They have to pull a set weight and whoever travels the furthest wins. It’s more challenging than it sounds!
An event that is new as of last summer are the goat races. I missed this opportunity last year unfortunately so I am aiming to make it for this year! I am very curious to see what the goat races are like. There is also a costume class (best dress up?). I can’t wait to see those adorable goats (my favorite animal beside dalmatians of course!).
There are several other things at the fair - the typical fair attractions. Rides and games. Baking contest. Arts and crafts show. Queen and Princess competition. Quilt contest. Tractors show. Food concession stands. There’s plenty to do and see at the fair for everyone of any age.
The fair is hosted by North Stonington Community Grange and North Stonington Volunteer Fire Department. First night of the fair begins on Thursday July 11th at 5pm. The fair will be opened from 5-11pm on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday it will be opened from 8am-6pm. Admission cost for adults are $10 (free parking on premise). Nothing beats the small country fair in No Sto!