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Top 20 Connecticut Events for 2009

JULY 17-18: LAKEVILLE, American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. America’s top racing series comes to New England, featuring the world’s best sports car drivers, technologically advanced sports cars, great viewing spots, food booths, displays, activities, souvenirs, and much more, all at Lime Rock Park. 800-722-3577, 860-435-5000;

JULY 26: STONINGTON, Blessing of the Fleet. Be there at the town dock as the last remaining fishing fleet in the state comes together to remember the lives lost at sea and to ask for protection and success in the coming year. Activities for the whole family include a street parade, entertainment, and the blessing of the boats. 860-535-3150;

AUG. 2: HEBRON, Mapleleaf Farm Tour. Visit a picturesque dairy operation to meet the farmers and see the new calves. Children receive coloring books, stickers, milk, and cookies. 866-355-2697, 860-642-4600;

AUG. 8-9: MYSTIC, Mystic Outdoor Art Festival. More than 290 of America’s finest artists and artisans gather in the city’s historic downtown to exhibit oils, watercolors, photography, pastels, sculpture, and acrylics. Listen to live music, bring the children for art activities, and enjoy an array of foods. 860-572-5098;

AUG. 15: CLINTON, Liberty Bank Bluefish 5K. This moderate, scenic loop course begins at Jared Eliot Middle School and includes chip timing, DJ, and pre- and post-race massages for participants. 860-669-3889;

AUG. 27-30: BROOKLYN, Brooklyn Fair. Enjoy this old-fashioned agricultural event featuring farm exhibits, livestock, poultry and rabbits, home and garden exhibits, kids’ playland, contests, horse shows, tractor pulls, arts and crafts, bingo, a midway with fun for the whole family, and four stages of live entertainment. 860-779-0012;

AUG. 21-SEPT. 26: MILFORD, Open Doors of Milford. This five-week outdoor display throughout the downtown area showcases Connecticut artists’ design interpretations on plain recycled doors and culminates with an auction of the doors on September 27. 203-874-0115;

SEPT. 11-13: NORWALK, Oyster Festival. Celebrate the coming fall and the heritage of this seaside town with a show of 240 juried crafters, tall-ship and harbor tours, kids’ activities, three stages of entertainment, and, of course, plenty of oysters. 203-838-9444;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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Updated Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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