In Norwich, fair draws enthusiastic crowd
|Published: 08-14-2023 1:59 AM
NORWICH — Laughter, music and the rumble of carnival rides were hard to miss and resist in downtown Norwich over the weekend.
The annual fair is brought to town by the Lions Club and takes place on the green. This year’s festivities lasted from Thursday to Sunday and boasted 10 rides for fair-goers to enjoy. On a pleasant August Saturday, children could be seen laughing, crying and bustling with excitement on all of them.
Felix Pauli, 5, could barely contain his enthusiasm after getting off the Dizzy Dragon ride with his best friend, Ludo Gleich, also 5.
“My favorite was everything!” Felix shouted over the live music from Tuck’s Rock Dojo of Hanover.
When asked to point to his favorite ride, Ludo first pointed to a big, spinning contraption with flashing lights. He then changed his mind and pointed to the Funhouse. Then he changed his mind again, overwhelmed with the options.
Felix’s mom, Laurie Pauli, said, “When we told (the kids) where we were going, there was a lot of screaming and bouncing.”
Pauli and Kat Gleich, Ludo’s mom, brought their kids from Lebanon and Grantham, respectively.
“We came last year and my kiddo loved it,” Gleich said.
While Ludo and Felix’s captivated by the fair rides, there were other attractions, including fair food.
Sure enough, half of the green was lined with food vendors ready to give attendees their sweet-smelling fair food, such as: fried dough, cotton candy, caramel apples and ice cream.
The fair’s sugary scents and sounds of joy were what attracted Daphne Greene and her 9-year-old sister Greta.
Daphne, 7, of Norwich, said she was most excited to get some cotton candy.
“We kept driving by and seeing (the rides) — the kids just had to go!” their mother, Leah Fosco, said.
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