COW WHISPERER SAMUEL Wilbur, 11, of Whiting gets an earful from his Brown Swiss cow, Destiny, waiting for the 4-H dairy conformation class during the 2019 Addison County Fair and Field Days in New Haven.
Independent photo/Steve James
NEW HAVEN — With a wink and a nod, anyone who’s lived around these parts for a while will acknowledge that our beloved Addison County Fair & Field Days is engaged in an epic annual struggle with the weather gods.
On one hand — the positive one — heavy rains might scatter crowds into nearby tents and buildings, where perhaps they’ll get to experience magical moments they hadn’t known to look for.
Less helpful is when such weather prompts, among other things, the deployment of tractors to help visitors extract their cars from the muddy parking lot.
But as they say in show biz, “The show...
NEW HAVEN — The results of the draft horse competitions at the 2019 Addison County Fair and Field Days is as follows.
Showmanship 13 & Under: 1. Jack, Fox Hollow Movers, Cameron Utter; 2. Jay, Fox Hollow Movers, Cameron McNiel.
Showmanship 14-18: 1. ux, Cedar Hedge Clydesdales, Ryley DuBois; 2. Ranger, Pools Brook Belgians, Hannah Hulchanski; 3. Morrisville Unknown 2, Morrisville College, Claire Ross; 4. Morrisville Unknown, Morrisville College, Grace VanGorder.
Mares, 2 Years: 1. SR Cindy’s Brooke, Sugar ridge Rv Village, Kirk Fenoff. 2. Bailey, Cedar Hedge Clydesdales, Corey Barnes....
NEW HAVEN — The following were recognized in the Children’s Barnyard Displays at Addison County Fair and Field Days.
Child — Under 8: 1. Natalie Layn, Quail; 2. Noah Sheldrick, Rabbit; 3. Timmy Wright, Ducks; 4. Abel Sheldrick, Chicken; 5. Henry Sheldrick, Chicken; 6. Noah Sheldrick, Chicken; 7. Able Sheldrick, Chicken; 8. Henry Sheldrick, Chicken.
Youth — 9-13: 1. Hailey Roberts, Mini Donkeys; 2. Tristan Warner, Rabbit; 3. Tucker Wright, Ducklings; 4. Trevor Wright, Ducks; 5. Wyatt Kennett, Ducks; 6. Kyle Clark, Chicken; 7. 3-way Tie — Sadie Hunt, Star Hotchkiss and Willow...
PHYLLIS BOWDISH TIES up a coil of rope that she and friend Wayne Smith, behind her, created during a rope-making demonstration at Addison County Fair and Field Days on Tuesday.
Independent photo/Nora Peachin
NEW HAVEN — Everywhere you look at the Addison County Fair and Field Days, you see tractors — lined up by the demo derby arena, sprinkled about behind the antique equipment building. Seven of them belong to Phyllis and Bob Bowdish, owners of Weybridge Farms in Weybridge.
On Tuesday morning, the Bowdishes recruited four friends to drive six of their tractors the 5.7 miles from their farm to the fair grounds in what Bob called a “loony parade.” The seventh tractor was left out of the parade, to be delivered via truck.
“You can walk as fast as this old tractor goes, so we trucked it,” Bob...
AFTER SEVERAL HOURS of drenching rain, rides on the midway of the New Haven fairgrounds were relatively empty on the opening night of Field Days 2019.
Independent photo/Benjamin Glass
NEW HAVEN — Opening night of Addison County Fair and Field Days 2019 on Tuesday was met with scattered showers. The wet conditions prompted fair officials to postpone the 8 p.m. opening parade until Wednesday evening.
But despite the wet conditions (this was Field Days, after all; what did you expect?), crowds began to form around the Ferris wheel and ticket booth stations around 9 p.m., and many of the tents were still abuzz with group performances and expositions.
Under the tent at the bandstand, across from the Field Days center Pavilion, was the “refused-to-be-rained-out Vergennes City...
TWIST O’ WOOL Guild member Nancy Smith demonstrates sock making at the 2018 Addison County Fair and Field Days.
Photo courtesy Twist O’ Wool Guild
NEW HAVEN — This week the Twist O’ Wool Fiber Guild celebrates 40 years as a guild and 40 years of demonstrating at the Addison County Fair and Field Days.
The guild was organized by Eleanor Boutcher of Shoreham, Ellen Leone of Bristol and Shelagh Smith of Monkton in May of 1979. They created a mailing list of about 50 people, put advertisements in the papers, and posters were put up to inform folks about the initial meeting. About 30 people showed up at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury and they filled out questionnaires about what they hoped would be accomplished with the guild.