HADDAM NECK, Conn. (WTNH) – Thousands of people spent the day outside enjoying their holiday weekend at the Haddam Neck Fair. The fair started on Friday. On Sunday the festivities began with a 5K race.
“My thoughts are to kind of make an example to other people – use it or lose it,” said Edward Kirko. “As you slow down keep moving. Don’t go over the edge.”
Kirko is 84 years old and walked the 3.1 miles. He says he’s been practicing for the past 35 years. He and all the runners and walkers started the race right on the fairgrounds. The route took them through the fair and past the rides. The sun was hot but there was plenty of water for them to drink. Organizers kept an eye on them to make sure everyone got through the race safely. They had orange slices at the finish line for runners too. Families were also there to enjoy everything the fair had to offer. Organizers hope they learned something at the fair.
“Our job is to make sure your kids know milk comes from a cow, not a grocery store, because so many of us have lost touch with our agricultural roots,” said Bob McGarry, Vice President of the Fair Directors Association. “When I grew up there was six dairy farms on the street I grew up on. Today there’s none.”
The fair continues on Monday. Gates open at 7:30 a.m.