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Field Days 2015 called the 'best ever''

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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NEW HAVEN — Buoyed by great weather, improved amenities and a veritable smorgasbord of exhibits, displays, food and carnival rides, organizers of Addison County Fair and Field Days hailed the 2015 edition of the annual event as the best ever.

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Opinion: Bear exhibit sent a bad message

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Har Harrison



I did go to Field Days — twice, to work at a booth. Today, I learned that there were bears in cages for the public to view. I did not see them, or this letter would be more strongly worded, perhaps.

The person telling me this said, “They were rescued.” Is this what the Fish and Wildlife people and the Humane Society recommend?

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Field Days Magic: Young and old bring fair to life

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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NEW HAVEN — Addison County Forester Chris Olson is right outside the Kelly James Natural Resources Pavilion at the Addison County Field Days site answering questions about the different grades of timber lying felled outside the forestry area. Inside the pavilion, Green Mountain National Forest rangers Chris Mattrick and Holly Knox tell a young fellow in a green hat about how recreation in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area has been on the rise the past several years.

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Brothers keep antique farm equipment running

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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Outside, at the back of the Antique Farm Equipment demonstration area, brothers Josh Parks, 35, and Zak Parks, 30, are working on the engine of a 1938 McCormick-Deering tractor, trying to get it running. They’ve been working on it since Sunday.

They’ve overnighted a head gasket from a specialty supply company. They’ve replaced a valve, but it’s still not running. Josh cranks hard at the hand crank at the front of the tractor. No go.

The two men’s expressions and focus on the task at hand are as intense as any brain surgeon’s.

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Harnessing true horsepower

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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Michealla Flint, 15, of Wolcott, leads Duke around and around as the 20-year-old Belgian draft horse powers one of the antique hay presses. They are part of ongoing demonstrations at the fair put on by the Green Mountain Draft Horse Association. At different times throughout the week, different teams of horses and drivers have harvested wheat and corn, plowed a field, pulled wagons around the fairground, and powered machinery.

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First year lessons: A rookie takes the wheel in the Demolition Derby

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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BRISTOL — After witnessing the action at last year’s demolition derby at the Addison County Fair and Field Days, Ethan Heffernan decided it was time he entered a demolition derby car of his own.

“I thought it was pretty entertaining and a good time, so I wanted to get in on it this year,” the 22-year-old Bristol resident said. “I got myself a car for 200 bucks and said, ‘What the hell, why not?’”

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Guild members card, spin and weave

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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Not too far from the antique farm equipment and the draft horses, Peggy Lyons is in the Twist O’ Wool Guild’s big, white tent, spinning thread.

“For me, the fair is the animals and the people,” she says. “We love this new location because it’s down by the horses and the machinery and the sheep. I organize the tent for the guild, and we get members volunteering. The fair is the best excuse in the world to sit and spin all day.”

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Youngsters work long hours caring for cows at Field Days

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ACTR to offer free shuttlebus to Field Days

Posted on August 3, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) will once again provide free rides for visitors to Addison County Fair and Field Days, thanks to the support of Champlain Valley Equipment. Daily runs will occur via the expanded Tri-Town Shuttle Bus Route from Tuesday, Aug. 5, to Saturday, Aug. 9. Fairgoers can access this service in Middlebury, Bristol, New Haven and Vergennes.

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