Over The Years:
-Chairman: Chet Boyd, Matt Lillis, Dick Hagstrom, Bobby
Stuart, and Neil Cable.
Helen Stuart '52-'76, Mary Sullivan '77-'82, Linda Roberts '83-'84,
and Cathi Sullivan '85-2004.
General Admission: In 1953 the General
Admission was 35 cents.
Fair Cancelled: In 1955 the Bridgewater
Fair was cancelled by the State Police due to floods in Western
Raffle: The raffle was begun in 1956
after the fair was closed in 1955 and was suggested by Walter Von
Baked Goods: In 1956 all flowers,
plants, fruits, and vegetables and baked goods were auctioned
Security: In the early years of the
fair, security was provided by the fireman who stayed overnight at
Chicken Dinner: For many years the
firemen cooked the chicken dinner down behind Burnham School. In
the mid 1970's the chicken was barbecued with that special sauce
on the fairgrounds and the dinner was served in the Firehouse.
Main Food Tent: Through 1971 there was
only the Main Food Tent. Hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. were eaten
morning, noon, and night. The following two years chicken,
knockwurst, and pizza were started and the Main Food Tent included
breakfast and new items to the general menu. Fifty years later we
have seven good tents all operated by Bridgewater Firemen and
Parade: The parade began in 1956 with
Charlie Couch as Parade Chairman. Dave Lathrop, our present Parade
Chairman, has been Chairman for 21 years. The largest parade
consisted of 47 fire departments.
Entertainment: Entertainment for the
Fair has included Horseshoe pitching contests, Bingo, pie eating
and hay bale throwing contests. The Bandstand Entertainment has
had a Vaudeville and Band Concert by Buck Rock Camp of New
Milford, Bongo the Clown, Brad and the C Notes (Brad Paisley now
in the Country Hall of Fame), The Litchfield Hills Pipes and Drums
Scottish Band, Flashback Band (50's and 60's Rock & Roll), and
of course the Jazzercise Show.
Vendors and Advertisers: Some of our long time commercial
vendors have been Campbell's, Ruwet & Sibley, Valley Dodge,
and Ann Marie Candies.
advertisers from the Fair Book have been Coyle's, Garrity's,
New Milford Foundry, New Milford Feed Barn, Bob Grey, Morey's,
Shallowbrook, Home Oil, Straiton, and many others that supported
us over the years.