Village Fair Days to open on Green
The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce will hold its 50th annual Village Fair Days on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the Village Green.
Offerings will include live entertainment, bingo, bouncy houses, a food court and almost 200 vendor and community booths.
A fireworks display, which had been scheduled to celebrate the Fourth of July but was postponed due to inclement weather, will be presented Friday.
The annual 8-Mile Road Race and 5K will be offered, drawing a field from the community and beyond.
“I have worked as a volunteer on the committee for 22 years,” said Bob Hanna, who is wrapping up his eighth and final year as fair chairman. “This year, the 50th anniversary, is going to be the best one for me.”
“I am excited that we have a number of things happening this year that we have not previously done,” he said. “I am excited about all the different, family friendly events we will have going on during the two days of the fair.”
“We would love to see everyone come out and enjoy the fair and the downtown,” Hanna said.
An opening ceremony, featuring a ribbon cutting and the crowning of the king and queen, Friday at 10 a.m.
The kids’ fun run will be held Friday at 6 p.m. Three races will be offered: for ages 4 and under, for ages 5 to 8, and for ages 9 to 12.
Registration will be held at the Chamber/Village Fair Days booth that day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The annual 8-Mile Road Race and 5K will be held Saturday at 8:30 a.m. as part of the festivities.
"We're very excited for the 50th anniversary of the road race,” said Parks & Recreation Director Dan Calhoun. “To celebrate we've added some special events, including gold coins as division prizes and a gift for the 50th runner that crosses the finish line.”
“This race has always been a huge attribute to the town and we'll be especially thanking George Fletcher for his forethought since he is the one that started the race 50 years ago,” he said.
Other offerings will include an Amber Alert Child Identification Program in town hall Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; an old-fashioned pie-eating contest Saturday at 4:30 p.m.; and music Saturday by the Blue Yodels from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and Perfect Timing Band from 7 to 10 p.m., and Saturday by Joe Coscina from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and Future Tense from 7 to 10 p.m.
New attractions this year will include four activities on Bank Street: a New Milford High School Booster Club dunk tank Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a car show Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.; a touch-a-truck event Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and the farmers market Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.
To help celebrate the fair’s 50th year, Hanna, suggested offering a bandstand replica wishing well fundraiser, Wishing New Milford Well.
The Chamber is offering all non-profit organizations that are Chamber members in good standing to participate.
The bandstand replica is being built by a local resident and will be located in the food court area at the fair.
The wishing well will feature slots that correspond with non-profit organizations; individuals can make a donation to the organization of their choice.
Also new this year is a “Five Gets You Fifty Plus” contest.
Eligible individuals will have an opportunity to input a five-number combination for a locked box.
If the code unlocks the combination, the individual will win the prizes inside.
The contest will run from Friday from noon to 7 p.m., followed by a second chance to win a prize Saturday at 8 p.m.
Admission to the fair is free.
Handicapped parking will be available behind town hall at 10 Main St.
Pets are not permitted at the fair.
For more information, visit www.newmilford-chamber.com.