Crumpled cars and bending iron will highlight this year’s Litchfield Fair.

The fair, held at the fairgrounds at 44 Litchfield Road, opens Friday morning and runs through Sunday with a schedule of fair favorites, including lots of pulling, exhibits and shows.

But this year will mark the introduction of two events, said fair President Charlie Smith. The demolition derby, set for 10 a.m. Sunday, and the blacksmith shop, which will be staffed by a smith throughout the weekend, are first time offerings this year.

“With a three-day fair the schedule is so compact there isn’t much wiggle room to add events,” Smith said.

The demolition derby will be held near the automobile gate, Smith said. Those who have a car they’re aching to smash up can learn the rules and register on the fair’s website,

The blacksmith shop was under construction during last year’s fair.

“We didn’t quite get it done in time for the fair,” Smith said.

The new exhibits this year include an agricultural exhibit for kids. The educational section will teach youngsters the basics of gardening, such as planting seeds and watering. The hands-on exhibit will include an area for harvesting plastic vegetables out of the dirt.

“It’s just for them to learn how things work,” Smith said. “The crews worked real hard on this project.”

Friday kicks off with steer pulling and a butter making demonstration in the museum. The midway, provided by Rockwell Amusements, opens at 3 p.m. The nighttime entertainment includes the Red-Neck Truck Pull and music by Five Face North.

The exhibits open at 8 a.m. Saturday. The day’s highlights include a baby show, Maine Barrel Racer’s Show and pig racing in the cattle show ring. The night entertainment includes horse pulling and music by the Nikki Hunt Band.

The demolition derby Sunday morning kicks off an action packed final day that includes Mutton Bustin’ and the antique car parade.

There will be horse-drawn wagon rides all three days. Other activities include a daily bicycle drawing and pig scrambles on Friday and Saturday. Friday and Sunday are wristband ride days. Those who purchase a wristband can go on as many rides as they like.

Smith is hoping the weather will cooperate. Forecasters are calling for high humidity with temperatures in the mid-80s on Friday and showers, including a passing thunderstorm or two, and temperatures in the low 80s on Saturday. Sunday is predicted to be brilliant, with temperatures in the low 70s and low humidity levels.

“It doesn’t look too bad,” Smith said.

Admission to the fair is free for children 11 and younger and $2 for those older than 65 and kids from 12 to 17. Adult admission is $6.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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