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Rainy weather takes toll on 2016 Field Days attendence

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



NEW HAVEN — Addison County Fair and Field Days attendance dropped this year from typical numbers, and even further from 2015, which was a banner year.

About 27,000 people paid their way into the New Haven fairgrounds between Aug. 9 and 13, according to the Field Days business manager, about 10,000 fewer than 2015.

But Field Days board member Ken Button said although that drop-off appears dramatic, it was, while disappointing, not that far off from attendance in an average year.

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Carnival workers talk about life on the road

Posted on August 15, 2016 |
By Sam Hartley



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NEW HAVEN — Most people go to the Addison County Fair and Field Days to relax and to enjoy the livestock, the fried fair food and — last, but certainly not least — the carnival rides. Amidst all the sounds, smells and sights that come with the fair, it’s easy to overlook the workers along the midway who keep these enormous machines running for our entertainment.

These men and women come from all parts of the country, and get to see a large part of this country while working the summer season.

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Field Days parade celebrates fair favorites

Posted on August 11, 2016 |
By Ellie Reinhardt



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NEW HAVEN — As the sun set Tuesday night, the first day of the Addison County Fair and Field Days came to a triumphant close with the annual opening parade, a tradition as old as the fair itself.

The parade featured more than 25 groups, each eager to share their favorite thing about Field Days, the theme for the 2016 parade.

“My favorite thing about Field Days is all of it.” said Rustan Swenson, drum major for the Seth Warner Mt. Independence Fife and Drum Corps. “I’m serious, everything, I love it all.”

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ACTR to provide free rides to Field Days

Posted on July 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — For the thirteenth year in a row, Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) will provide fare-free rides for visitors to Addison County Fair and Field Days. This fare-free service will operate Aug. 9-13 and is sponsored by Champlain Valley Equipment.

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Field Days film to debut Sunday

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — The people who produced “How to Live to Be 100,” a documentary about the Three Day Stampede in Bristol, are set to premiere a new film about Addison County Fair and Field Days and the community that serves it.

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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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Getting a haircut at Field Days: Young shearer carries on old tradition

Posted on August 6, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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NEW HAVEN — You can hear the sheep tent at the Addison County Fair and Field Days long before you enter it. Once you enter, the place is defined by sounds as much as sights.

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Annual Field Days does not disappoint

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Addison Independent Staff



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Last week’s Addison County Fair and Field Days was filled with a thousand little stories — more than can be recounted in one newspaper. Lucien Paquette, the fair’s father figure, was there (see story here), as were thousands of vendors, competitors and families. We present here a few snapshots from the fairgrounds to give you a taste of the 66th annual Field Days.

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Field Days results (Part 2)

Posted on August 25, 2011 |
By Addy Indy Staff



4-H and Other Youth Sheep Show

NEW HAVEN — The following were recognized in the 4-H and Other Youth Sheep Show.

Showmanship

Senior division: 1. Grace Smith, 2. Amy Davenport, 3. Lindsey Roush.

Intermediate division: 1. Sara Carr, 2. Merrick Mendenhall, 3. Grace Kuehne.

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Slideshow: Demolition derby

Posted on August 15, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



During last week's 63rd annual Addison County Fair and Field Days, the #1 Auto Parts Demolition Derby was once again among the most popular events. Over the course of two nights, fans gathered to watch old junker cars — decorated with spray paint and driven with pride — continuously smash into each other until just one vehicle was still running. The event featured separate competitions for 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines, as well as a minivan round and a pick-up truck round. Here, sports reporter Andy Kirkaldy gives a rundown of the popular event.

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