The weekend called their favorite of the summer by thousands of Greater New Milford area residents has arrived.

The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce and the Village Fair Days Committee will host their 44th annual Village Fair Days today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day on and around the Village Green.

A new contest, "Challenge 44," will be among the many features of an event offering food, music, crafts, games, antiques, music and much more.

A highlight of every Village Fair Days weekend is the tandem running of the 8-mile road race, the state's third oldest road race, and its younger brethren, the Village Fair Days 5K.

Both races will start at 9 a.m. on the east side of the Village Green and finish to the cheers of the Village Fair Days crowd on the west side of the Green.

Race registration is still available and will offered the morning of the race.

For coverage of the Village Fair Days and the road races, see next week's Greater New Milford Spectrum and check www.newmilfordspectrum.com.

For more information about the fair, call the Chamber of Commerce at 860-354-6080. For more information on the races, call New Milford Parks & Recreation at 860-355-6050.