The wait is over; the 59th annual Lebanon Country Fair weekend is here.

"We started off at the green, about 50 years ago we came to this area. We started off kind of small and then we've been expanding every year since then,” said Richard Lataille, the superintendent for the fair.

On Friday, crews were continuing to get ready for a weekend of fair activities.

All of the rides were being inspected by the Connecticut State Police, and animals were being brought in, and food booths were being set-up.

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"It's a great fair, I love it here,” said Ann Colaluca, of Ann Marie Candies.

She’s been part of the fair since its second year and said she always sees familiar faces.

"I’ve seen the same ones who have grown up and have grandchildren,” she said.

Over the course of the weekend, there are musical performances, monster truck shows, and one of the biggest draws, the horseshoe tournament.

"About 25, 30 years ago, my brother and I loved playing horseshoe and we said let's have a horseshoe tournament at the fair,” said Charles Bender. "You can see that there are more courts further on. There's five there, another set of five, and two.”

He grew up attending the fair, and has had his hand in the fair’s evolution.

This weekend, he’s hoping the rain holds off so the thousands of people can enjoy the fair.

"I know I’ve been at every fair and probably all three days of every fair since then,” Bender said.

The fair runs through Sunday. For more information, click here.

To see a full list of upcoming country fairs, click here.

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