The Bethel Fair is this weekend

by Angela Denning-Barnes on August 22, 2013

Fair entries are on display at the Cultural Center. Photo by Dean Swope.

Fair entries are on display at the Cultural Center. Photo by Dean Swope.

After being dormant for a long time, the Bethel fair was resurrected a few years back and since then it’s grown to include a whole weekend of activities. This Saturday is jam packed full of things to do for all age groups. For the kids, there are fair games, a bird exhibit with a live owl and eagle, and a BMX bike and skate competition. For adults, there’s a fun run, a berry picking contest, a cribbage tournament, and a fair concert.

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For all ages, there are contests for everything from art to baking to plants.

Here’s a list of categories.

Ronda Sargent is Director of the City of Bethel’s Parks and Recreation Department. She says the youth and adults are sharing the contest categories. There’s still time to get in your submissions. They are due by 5:30 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Cultural Center.

Judging for the fair categories will take place tonight. The public can view the entries at the Cultural Center all day Friday and Saturday and until 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Sargent has a few kids of her own and she says the BMX competition at the skate park is one of their favorite fair activities.

“Because they like to see how high people can fly and it’s fun to see the kids making their tricks and everything on the skate park,” Sargent says. “It’s really fun for me having helped put the skate park in, that it’s actually getting used, it’s nice.”

Potter and basket weaving are part of the

Potter and basket weaving are part of the


The BMX competition starts at 1 p.m. at the Pinky’s Park skate park.

The kids fair runs from 11 to 2 at the log cabin.

The fun run—which includes all age groups– starts at 10 a.m. at the cultural center.

The berry picking contest starts at 1 p.m. at the log cabin.

The live bird exhibit happens twice: once at 11 a.m. and once at 2 p.m.

The fair concert happens Saturday night, starting at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center. It is featuring Michael Faubion, Kevin Morgan, and Mike McIntyre’s Frozen Whitefish Band.

“I think that everything is just really good fun stuff,” Sargent says. “There’s no reason to be at home this weekend, especially Saturday, so come out and participate because it’s going to be a very fun day.”

Here is the weekend’s schedule of activities.

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