The 2008 Hartford Fair celebrates its 150th anniversary with an extra day of festivities.

The 2008 Hartford Fair celebrates its 150th anniversary with an extra day of festivities. The fair, which usually runs for a week, will be open eight days this year to offer a new opening day special. On Saturday, August 2, the regular admission charge will be waived for all fair-goers, ride wristband prices will be reduced to $5 from 1 p.m. to10 p.m., and several food specials will be offered throughout the day.

For the rest of the 8-day fair, admission will be $5 and ride wristbands will be $6 from noon to 5 p.m., and $8 from 6 p.m. to close. Prices have remained the same for several years. All grandstand events are still free and a few new amenities have been added to the Wright Arena to make visitors more comfortable, including several fans and a new restroom at the east entrance of the building.

"I think of this year's fair as a week of customer appreciation," said Hartford Fair's office manager, Cindy Twyford. "We're giving back to the community by keeping prices low, having high-dollar entertainment and offering an extra day of free admission."

The fair also has taken its participants and volunteers into consideration by offering on-site dormitories and pre-paid cards for kids so they can buy food without carrying around cash.
"We do not have the fair to make money," said Larry Hughes, secretary manager for the fair. "Every dollar we make goes back into the fairgrounds; we have the fair for the kids."