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Weekend weather report looks promising

Each year, the success of the Berlin Fair boils down to one important concern — the weather.

“It’s looking fairly good for this weekend,” Berlin Fair President Andy Blasco said. “Friday night looks great and Saturday looks like another great day as well.”

Temperature for opening day of the 65th annual fair, Friday, Oct. 4, is expected to be 74 degrees during the day, partly cloudy, with a 10 percent chance of rain and a low temperature of 59 degrees during the late evening, according to weather.com.

And there’s no need to worry about Friday night’s planned fireworks; the website predicts a zero percent chance of rain for the night, with clear skies.

Although humidity is expected to be around 75 to 89 percent Friday, dress accordingly, as it may become a tad bit chilly in the evening. A sweater or sweatshirt is the safest bet.

Saturday’s chance of rain is slightly higher, in the 20 percent chance range, with partly cloudy skies predicted throughout the day and night, but Blasco said he’s holding out hope it will be a beautiful day.

Saturday’s daytime temperatures should be in the upper 70s with humidity in the low 80s. Weather.com sees temperatures cooling down to 57 degrees at night, but the humidity is expected to rise to 90 percent.

No use beating around the bush when it comes to Sunday’s weather outlook. According to weather.com, showers are expected throughout the day and night. Chance of rain is 40 percent during the day and 60 percent at night.

The temperature is pegged to be around 72 degrees during the day with humidity at 79 percent, and 51 degrees during the night with 86 percent humidity.

“(Meteorologists) say it’s going to be a little iffy on Sunday, but I’m hoping it’s just iffy and everything holds up,” Blasco said. “Everything is depending on the weather, because we have a terrific show this year and I’m hoping the weather cooperates.”

Blasco said the horse ring and pulling rink are ready and set for the tractor pulls and the horse draws, and the World of Wheels are prepared for Nutmeg kart racing.

Earlier this week, barns were coming into shape with decorations, displays, and preparations for livestock and the various exhibits ranging from quilts to tractors to Civil War.

Blasco said all vendors are set up around the fairgrounds and Dreamland Amusements has arrived with its rides and game booths for the world-class midway.

Concerts this year include country recording artist Jon Pardi; Stephanie Hansen Band, a country band from Eastern Connecticut; polka performer Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra; Deception Fades, a rock band that mixes the sounds of modern, hard and classic rock with alternative; and masters of the blues J. Geils, Jeff Pitchell, G. Beaudoin with Texas Flood and the Jeffetts.

And don’t forget to check out The Eastern Action Sports Teams Stunt Show, The Marvelous Mutts, the Chain Saw Sickline Carving demonstrations, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, and the Circus Smile and Aerial Thrill Show, which will all be set up around the fairgrounds to enjoy.

“We have such a diverse lineup of entertainment that I think we are going to draw big crowds to all performances and demonstrations,” Blasco said. “And as I said a couple weeks ago, just stick together and have a lot of fun. See you at the fair. It’s show time!”

As a reminder, the Berlin Fair runs Oct. 4 to 6. The fair is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

There is on site parking at the fairgrounds, located at 430 Beckley Road in East Berlin, but the Lions Club recommends using the free shuttle bus services. Shuttle services will run continuously to and from Corbin and Russwin Architectural/Emhart, 225 Episcopal Rd., and Northeast Utilities, 107 Selden St.



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