The 66th edition of the Bridgewater Country Fair will take place Aug. 18 to 20 on the grounds behind the firehouse along the new and improved Route 133 in Bridgewater.

The event, which annually draws thousands from throughout the region, is sponsored by the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Department as its chief fundraiser, providing revenue for the fire and EMS services for the town and surrounding mutual aid support calls.

The fair will be open Aug. 18 from 4 to 11 p.m., Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This year, the fair will feature more events, music, attractions and shopping, new additions and a few surprises.

Major fair highlights will include an opening ceremony Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a parade at 6:45 p.m.; a children’s pet parade Aug. 19 at 9:30 a.m.; a pedal tractor pull for children 10 and under Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 at 11 a.m.; an antique tractor pull Aug. 19 at 1 p.m.; a garden tractor pull Aug. 20 at 11:30 a.m.; and a firemen’s raffle.

Musical entertainment will include J.R. Waters acoustic guitar Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.; Flashback Aug. 19 at 2:30 p.m. and Joe West and Creative Force at 5 p.m. and Big Shot, a Billy Joel Tribute Band, at 8 p.m.; and Mad Hatter Chorus Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. and Alex Shillo at 3 p.m.

Music, border collie demonstrations, freestyle motocross shows, hot dog pig racing, dock diving dogs, a skillet toss, hay bale contests and a human cannonball are among the offerings.

The New Milford Lions Club will provide free pediatric eye screening for children 2 to 6 Aug. 19 to 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Pedia vision equipment will allow screening for such eye abnormalities as astigmatism (irregularly shaped corneas or lenses), myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), strabismus (misalignment of the eye), amblyopia (lazy eye) and anisocoria (pupil size anomalies).

Hay bale tossing will take place Aug. 19 at 1:15 p.m. and Aug. 20 at 12:15 p.m.

Amusement rides; art and photography shows; flower, baking, vegetable, fruit, canning and egg competitions; needlework and hobby displays; commercial, industrial and agricultural exhibits; crafts; and food and refreshments will also be featured throughout the three-day event.

New this year will be a singles night.

Singles will be invited to meet in a designated area for an additional fee of $15, which entitles the ticket holder to a free drink ticket, passed apps, games, social activities, exclusive seating in the concert area, an exclusive events calendar and more.

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Ride bracelets will be offered Aug. 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. only.

The Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Department has switched up its raffle this year, with increased prize values.

Tickets for the fireman’s raffle are $10.

Prizes include a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport Willy’s Edition with tow/winch packages (first prize); a 2017 John Deere 590i XUV with winch and many upgrades (second prize) and a $5,000 Visa gift card package (third prize).

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and free for children younger than 12. A three-day pass is $16.

For information, including details on how to sign up for certain contests, visit or

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