Moose aren’t usually on the roster of animals featured at the annual Windsor Fair, which begins this Sunday and continues through Labor Day.

And chances are there won’t be any that make it onto the fairgrounds this year. But those who come to the fair Friday, Sept. 2, just might be tricked — or treated — into thinking there are moose roaming the grounds.

That’s because the fair’s newest event will be demonstrations from a group that offers moose-calling shows and lessons across the state. At 5 p.m. that day, the group will hold a moose-calling contest.

“They’ve never been to the fair, and we thought it would be interesting,” said Tom Foster, president of the Windsor Fair.

Then he clarified, “We’re hoping there won’t be any moose that show up at the fairgrounds.”

The fair also will include daily harness horse racing, food vendors, livestock demonstrations, tractor pulls and pie-eating contests. There will be woodsmen demonstrations on Monday, monster truck shows on Sept. 3 and 4, a performance by an Elton John tribute band followed by a fireworks show on Wednesday and a veterans ceremony on Thursday.

The cost of admission varies by day but is typically $8 or $9 for adults. Those under 16 can enter the fair for free. Those older than 60 will be able to enter the fair for $3 on Monday and Thursday, which are seniors citizens days. Season passes are available to fairgoers for $55.

Foster, the fair president, said the rite of summer usually attracts 100,000 to 150,000 visitors during its nine-day run. He pointed out that the weather forecast is looking “fantastic” for the opening day, Sunday.

“Obviously it’s an outdoor event, so it’s very dependent on the weather,” Foster said. “The forecast looks good, and as long as the weather is good, we’ll have a good fair. If it’s raining, it hurts us. But we’re all ready.”

The fair organizers have spent a couple thousand dollars on less flashy improvements at the fairgrounds, Foster noted. Those improvements include handrails in the grandstand and new fencing along the racetrack.

Charles Eichacker — 621-5642

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