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Big hits, fire, injuries mark demolition derby drama

Posted on August 12, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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NEW HAVEN — With lightning providing a dramatic backdrop at Addison County Fair and Field Days on Thursday night, Ferrisburgh’s Andy Husk and what was left of his bright blue four-door sedan won the No. 1 Auto Parts Demo Derby feature after delivering one final blow to Chuck Havens’ bigger, but no longer mobile, black car.

Husk’s victory capped an evening in which the popular annual demo derby just dodged the thunderstorm, but was halted for about 20 minutes when Leicester’s Joe Kemp was injured in the evening’s second heat.

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Field Days Vignettes: Fair offers fun times in farm country

Posted on August 12, 2013 |
By Addison Independent Staff



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Editor’s note: Addison County Fair and Field Days offers so much to look at, smell, hear, touch and taste that to put it all into one story would be impossible. Our reporters and photographers brought home the following vignettes and pictures from the New Haven fairgrounds to give you some sense of the scope of the 65th annual fair last week.

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Field Days' Taste of Vermont raises money for football program

Posted on August 8, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



NEW HAVEN — Enthusiasts of the Addison County Fair and Field Days often talk about the food first: barbecue sandwiches, piping hot Italian sausages, crepes, creemees, slurpees and, of course, platefuls of fried dough.

But those who saved room on Tuesday had yet another appealing dining option: the annual Taste of Vermont dinner with all-local foods donated by local businesses, which in recent years has been the primary fundraising event for the Vergennes/Mount Abraham high school football team.

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Forestry Pavillion carves out a niche at Field Days

Posted on August 8, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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NEW HAVEN — While many Vermonters would tell you that the forestry and agriculture sectors of the state go hand-in-hand, it wasn’t until 1992 that the Addison County Fair & Field Days, the state’s largest agricultural fair, had a forestry section.

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Leona Thompson Bowl a part of Field Days tradition

Posted on August 5, 2013 |
By Devon Villa



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ADDISON COUNTY — There are those in Addison County that live off of tradition and excellence. The Leona Thompson Bowl offers both.

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4-H will run cards-for-soldiers booth at Field Days

Posted on August 5, 2013 |
By MaKayla Foster



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Editor’s note: This story was supplied by MaKayla Foster, president of the Cornwall Musketeers 4-H.

NEW HAVEN — Addison County Fair and Field Days in New Haven is quickly approaching and for the third straight year, the Cornwall 4-H Musketeers of Middlebury are hoping that you’ll stop by their “Cards for Soldiers” booth in the 4-H Youth Exhibit Hall sometime between Aug. 6-10 to make a handmade card with some encouraging words for  an American soldier to say thank you for fighting for our freedom.

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Video: Demo Derby 2012

Posted on August 14, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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Lightning flashed and cars crashed at last Thursday's Demo Derby at Addison County Fair and Field Days. About 1,000 fans turned out despite the stormy conditions to watch derby drivers compete in the muddy ring. 

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Field Days judges face tough task in ribbon decision-making

Posted on August 13, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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NEW HAVEN — The paths and boulevards of the county fairgrounds were empty last Monday; Addison County Fair and Field Days didn’t open to the public until Tuesday.

But the Home and Garden Building was bustling with activity.

With display shelves full of produce, knitwear and baked goods to taste or examine, judging in the annual fair competitions started shortly after noon and continued into the evening.

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Video: Maple Treats at the Fair

Posted on August 10, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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The Addison County Maple Sugarmakers Association runs their sugarhouse every year at the fair. They make homemade maple goods including cotton candy and milkshakes.

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