Riverton Fair: Pie eating, wood chopping, skillet throwing, down-home family fun

Riverton Fair

RIVERTON — For 110 years, The Riverton Fair has been a tradition in the Northwest Corner.

The three-day fair, organized by the Union Agricultural Society of Barkhamsted, Colebrook, and Hartland, Inc., was held consecutively for 109 years at the Riverton Fair Grounds.

The 109-year streak was broken last year due to the Covid pandemic canceling the fair.

This year the fair returns, starting on Friday, Oct, 8 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The fair continues on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and ends on Sunday, Oct. 10 operating from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

With the fair’s return comes the return of its down-home traditions, including the lumberjack competition with its ax throwing and sawing contests.

Also returning are the oxen pull, baking competitions, livestock competitions, pie-eating contests, and the women’s skillet throw contest.

The skillet throw contest takes place on Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. and its finals on Oct. 10 at 2 p.m.

According to skillet throw official and fair co-organizer Darcy Abbott, participants in the event get to throw a five-pound skillet down the field where the fair’s oxen pull is held.

“It’s a competition skillet throw,” Abbott said. “Whoever throws furthest down the field wins their division. There are four divisions separated by age. What’s the best strategy to throw a skillet down a field? Just throw and practice. I have women telling me that they are throwing old skillets down their yards to practice. You don’t need to go high.”

Abbott added that she is enthusiastic that the fair is returning this year.  

“I’m very excited to see our families of farmers and residents coming back to do what they love to do,” she said. “The Riverton Fair is the quaintest little fair in New England.”

For more information, including admission fees and fair updates, go to rivertonfair.com 

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