For the past 11 years, the North Branford Potato & Corn Festival has been celebrated during the first weekend in August. Over the past decade, the Festival has grown from a one-day event to – for the first time this year – a four-day celebration to be held from Aug. 1 to 4 at the Augur property.
Recreation Director Pam Gery oversees preparations for the festival and she is excited about bringing a fourth day of fun to town by adding hours from 4 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1 with an added bonus of free on-site parking on Thursday (there's also free on-site parking on Sunday until noon).
In addition to the food vendors, rides and games, live music, contests and craft vendors throughout the weekend, there are a number of special events. There will be a bike show and fire breathers on Thursday, Aug. 1; the car show on Friday, Aug. 2; tractor pull, hay rides, Business Expo and fireworks on Saturday, Aug. 3; and the 5K Cross-Country Spud Run & fitness walk and 1-Mile Tater Trot and egg sandwiches cooked by a medley of North Branford town officials and a motorcycle show on Sunday, Aug. 4.
There will be music throughout the weekend on two different stages. Performers lined up so far include The G Network, Alex Beauregard, Big Fat Combo, The Kerry Boys, Common Ground, Annie & the Mixers, Shaded Soul, The Mediums, 42nd Street and All Summer Long – a Musical Tribute to the Beach Boys.
Rides and games will be provided by Northeast Midways and for the first time this year, ride wristbands will be available every day – $20 (Thursday or Sunday) and $25 (Friday or Saturday).
Admission to the festival is free. Free shuttles will be available throughout the weekend from Stanley T. Williams and North Branford Intermediate School. On-site parking is $5.
A slew of volunteers has been busy preparing since the 2012 Festival, though volunteers are always needed. You can register online or call 203-315-6017.
Patch will be there with partner Benjamin Moore on Saturday and Sunday, handing out fun freebies. Patch has partnered with Benjamin Moore to promote their program Main Street Matters. We both share a commitment to connecting our communities and helping them prosper.
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- North Branford Potato Fest Expands to Four-Day Event