NEW MILFORD — The 50th annual Village Fair Days will kick off next Friday with nearly 200 vendor and community booths, live bands, a food court and bouncy houses.

Fair Days, based on the Village Green, is free to attend and runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 28 and July 29. And for year 50, Bank Street will be closed to traffic, and pedestrians can peruse new attractions such as a car show.

“It’s a milestone,” said Bob Hanna, chair of the Village Fair Days Committee. Hanna, who has volunteered at the fair for 22 years, said year 50 will be his last. “It’s been a long road, but the fair is amazing. It brings everybody in town together, people from outside New Milford, together.”

The two-day event, sponsored by the town Chamber of Commerce, has several new attractions slated to open this year, according to a news release.

New events include a New Milford High School dunk tank on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a car show on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m; and a Touch-A-Truck event in which children can check out machinery on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A farmers market will be open on Bank Street on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Fan favorites such as a pie-ating contest, held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, are coming back for year 50. The Kids Fun Run will be on Friday at 6 p.m.

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Full Schedule:

Friday, July 28

10 a.m. — Opening Ceremony

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — New Milford High School Booster Club Dunk Tank

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.— RecOn with New Milford Parks & Recreation

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. —Amber Alert Child Identification Program

12 to 7 p.m. — Five Gets Your Fifty PLUS Contest

12 to 10 p.m. —Bingo

12 to 1:30 p.m. — Bucks Rock Creative & Performing Arts Camp

2 to 2:30 p.m —. TheatreWorks Kids

2:30 p.m. — Tour of Town Hall with Judge Martin Landgrebe

4 to 8 p.m. — Car Show on Bank Street

3 to 4:30 p.m. — Performances by Blue Yodels

5 p.m. — Historical Tour of Main Street with Bob Coppola, trustee of the New Milford Historical Society

5 to 5:30 p.m. — Phys-Ed Health Club

6 p.m. — Kid’s Fun Run

6:15 p.m. — 50th Anniversary Cake Constructed and Donated by Women’s Club of Greater New Milford

7 to 10 p.m. — Performances by Perfect Timing Band

Saturday, July 29

8:30 a.m. — 50th Annual 8-Mile Road Race & 15th Annual Fair Days 5K

10 a.m. — Fair Opens

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Amber Alert Child Identification Program

10:30 a.m. — Road Race Awards

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Touch A Truck

12 to 1 p.m. — Bearclaw’s Academy of Music

12 to 7 p.m. — Five Gets Your Fifty PLUS Contest

12 to 10 p.m. — Bingo

1:30 to 2 p.m. —Hong’s Olympic Taekwondo Academy

2:30 p.m. — Tour of Town Hall with Judge Martin Landgrebe

2:30 to 4 p.m. — Performances by Joe Coscina

4 to7 p.m. — Farmers’ Market

4:30 p.m. — Old Fashioned Pie Eating Contest

5 p.m. — Historical Tour of Main Street with Bob Coppola, trustee of the New Milford Historical Society

5:30 to 6 p.m. — Ivan & Alex Antropov-Kalashnikov, classic guitar

7 - 10 p.m. — Performances by Future Tense