It's almost time for the Hebron Harvest Fair
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Aug. 27, 2013
This year’s Hebron Harvest Fair promises to bring many old favorites, some new additions, and a headline act that organizers hope will bring significant traffic to the Lions Club fairgrounds. Florida Georgia Line plays on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 3:30 p.m. The band, composed of Brian Kelley (from Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Ga.), hit the Top 10 just 14 weeks after the release of their multi-week number one single, "Cruise."
“We expect record crowds on Sunday,” said Lions Club member and fair superintendent Adam Miclette, pointing to the popularity of Florida Georgia Line's first full-length album, "Here's to the Good Times."
Organizers have developed a new traffic pattern for the fair, adding bypass lanes in each direction. “That should help ease and move traffic through the area,” said Miclette.
Other entertainment includes The Large Flowerheads, playing two shows on Friday, Sept. 6 (2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.). “We’re advertising them as a groovy '60s party,” said Miclette. Country-flavored duo Kari and Billy will appear on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m., and make an encore appearance opening for Florida Georgia Line at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Six Connecticut bands will make an appearance at this year’s Hebron Harvest Fair as part of the Country Music Showdown, offered in conjunction with The Farmer’s Cow. “We’re looking to find the best band in the northeast,” said Miclette. Bands will be narrowed down to two finalists, with Kari and Billy making the final selection. The competition will begin on Saturday, Sept. 7, with the first band performing on the Leos Stage at 10 a.m. Performances continue throughout the day, with the second finals round taking place at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
The chick hatchery and the very popular Dock Dogs competition will be returning to the Family Edutainment area, this year joined by a few new additions. There will be a petting zoo provided by East Hampton’s Circle K Farms. The Barnyard Cackle Review will provide animatronics entertainment for kids throughout the weekend. And magician Dewayne Hill will be performing periodically throughout the run of the fair. “He’s also going to be presenting an anti-bullying program at one of the schools while he’s here, which is a nice thing that we can supply for the schools,” said Miclette.
Other returning favorites include the traditional demolition derby (Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m.), the double figure 8 demolition derby (Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m.), and the Connecticut State Tractor Pullers Assn. (Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m.). There will be frog-jumping contests on Saturday and other games and contests throughout the weekend. And, of course, there will be animal exhibitions, carnival rides (the Dutch Wheel will return), great fair food and many other attractions.
With weather affecting the fair for the past three years, organizers are hoping for “good, clean weather this year,” said Miclette. The Hebron Harvest Fair is the main fundraising venture for the Lions Club, which donates to multiple charities. “More than $100,000 was donated to charities last year,” said Miclette.
The Hebron Harvest Fair runs from Thursday, Sept. 5 (4-10 p.m.), through Sunday, Sept. 8 (9 a.m. to 8 p.m.). For more information, including a full fair schedule, go to www.hebronharvestfair.org.