KVFD fair celebrates 100 years of volunteering
KENT — The Kent Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Firemen’s Fair will be held from Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 11 to13, at the fairground on Route 7, south of the traffic light.The fire company volunteers are celebrating 100 years of service to the community. In honor of this notable anniversary, fire department memorabilia is being sold including T-shirts, mugs and sweatshirts.For the 2011 fair, many of the familiar favorites will be back, with carnival rides, children’s games, a white elephant sale tent, live music and the popular Cake Booth. Bingo returns to the fairgrounds each evening with cash prizes.On Thursday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 13, there will be a special Family Night entry fee for the amusement rides. Bracelets will be sold for $20 each at the ticket booth.The frog jumping contest, not to be missed, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday night.There will be a dog show at 6 p.m. on Saturday, with different divisions: grooming; obedience; and an agility course for large and small dogs. There will also be a freestyle section where dogs can show off a particular talent. There will be a $5 entrance fee per dog. At 7 p.m. each evening there will be a lumberjack demonstration. Warren resident Shannon Strong and her team will share their techniques for sawing wood and ax throwing. Strong is the coach of the University of Connecticut timber team.The Cake Booth returns to the fair this year. Numbers will be drawn for the winners of cakes and other sweet treats. Anyone who is interested in baking a cake to donate, has questions, or needs a cake picked up is asked to call JoAnn (Gleason) Whitmore at 860-927-4378 or email Whitmore10@yahoo.com. Baked goods may be brought to the cake booth anytime during the fair. A three-day $5 pass offers free admission each day. A two-day admission pass valid for Friday and Saturday is $4; Saturday-only admission is $3. Children 12 and under are free. The fairground opens at 6 p.m. For more information, go to www.kentfire.org.