Newly remodeled Windham County Agricultural Society Grandstand
Windham County Agricultural Society -
Sponsoring Brooklyn Fair
The Brooklyn Fair, held annually the last weekend
in August, is sponsored by the Windham County Agricultural Society
to promote and preserve the county's agricultural heritage. First
held in 1809, the fair is the oldest agricultural fair in the
The Windham County Agricultural Society was founded
in the town of Pomfret in 1809 as the Pomfret United Agricultural
Society for the purpose of encouraging "agriculture and domestic
manufactures." The society sponsored annual fairs, alternating
among the towns of Pomfret, Woodstock and Brooklyn. When the
society incorporated in 1820 as the Windham County Agricultural
Society, all subsequent fairs were held in Brooklyn.
Early fairs, called cattle shows, were held in and
around the old courthouse. These fairs included exhibits of
needlework and household articles to stimulate what was then called
the "female industry." During the mid-1850s, the society purchased
fifteen acres to hold fairs on. By the late 1880s, horses shows and
races, and more domestic manufactures, such as canned fruit and
jellies, had been added to the fair.
The Brooklyn Fair attracted more than 100,000 people
in 1999. It is the only Connecticut fair that features harness
racing. Other fair activities include a chain saw competition, a
best dog show, a cattle show, a draft horse show, a donkey and mule
show, a sulky horse race, a pedal tractor pulling for children,
pony pulling, and live entertainment on several stages.
Project is documented with text, copies of historic
documents, nine photos, a newspaper article, fair programs from
1996 to 1999, and photocopies of program covers from previous
Originally submitted by: Sam Gejdenson, Representative (2nd District).
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