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Woodstock Fair serves up Labor Day weekend entertainment, treats
September 1, 2018
The Telegram
Worcester, Massachusetts

WOODSTOCK - The yard sales, as well as the traffic backup, started on Route 171 about two miles from the 158th Woodstock Fair early yesterday afternoon

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The fair also featured performances Saturday by the Cowsills and the Lovin’ Spoonful.

“We try to have a little something for everybody,” Ms. Kelly said while noting that even though events like the Woodstock Fair are known for touting area agriculture, rides and food like fried dough and a variety of other deep-fried items are increasingly what boosts attendance.

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The Cowsills, which the television show “The Partridge Family” was based on, gave their main performance Saturday afternoon.

Woodstock Fair Entertainment Director Marc Allard said he always on the lookout for acts and the Cowsills perfectly fit this year’s oldies musical theme.

Bob Cowsill, 69 his brother Paul, 67, and sister Susan, 59, are among the family members who perform about 60 to 75 shows a year.

Bob and Paul have fond memories of Worcester.

“We gave a show in 1965 sponsored by (radio station) WORC on the City Hall stairs,” Bob Cowsill said. They also both remembered playing the Comic Strip club at Lincoln Square in the late 1960s.

“We played there a couple of times,” Bob Cowsill said. “We loved the Comic Strip.”

The group, which sang the theme song for the first year of the television show “Love American Style,” hit it big with “The Rain, the Park and Other Things? in 1967.

“We could fly to our shows in an airplane after that,” Paul Cowsill said when asked how their lives changed after recording the song that sold more than a million records.

The band sang the title song of the play “Hair” and also a hit called “Indian Lake,” and the agricultural hall was the scene that a lot of people made Saturday afternoon where they saw exhibits detailing invasive species found in Connecticut and about a dozen Christmas trees at an exhibit sponsored by the Connecticut Christmas Tree Association.

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