Field Days

NEW HAVEN — Below are the result from the Open Dairy Competition at Addison County Fair And Field Days, which took place on Aug. 11 and Aug. 14 at the fairgrounds in New Haven. SPRING CALF Ayrshire: 1. Four Hills R San Francisco, Sarah Hill; 2. Blue Spruce Gentleman Bumblebee, Blue Sprice Farm; 3. Blue Spruce Ruby, Blue Spruce Farm; 4. Blue Spruce Marksman Stacie-ET, Blue Spruce farm; 5. AW Border Reagan maple, Ashley Woods-Paradis; 6. Blue Spruce Marksman Summer-ET, Blue Spruce Farm. Brown Swiss: 1. Iroquois Acres-Cady Nelly, Iroquois acres; 2. Cher-Mi Nello Victory, Tudhope Farm; 3. Wynonna...

THE MIDWAY WAS bright and the crowds were plentiful at the Addison County Fair and Field Days last month, as seen in this photo from the top of the Ferris wheel. The annual fair recorded a turnout of 40,000 visitors. Photo by Brittany Nevins
NEW HAVEN — After a one-year pandemic-induced hiatus, Addison County Fair and Field Days returned in full force last month. The Aug. 10-14 fair attracted 40,000 visitors despite concerns about the resurgent coronavirus, according to Field Days Business Manager Cara Mullin. That is about on par with recent years. “We were super excited to see all of our friends again,” Mullin said. Not too long ago 40,000 attendees would have been considered record-breaking, and it’s better than 2015 (37,000) and 2016 (27,000), years that had the added advantage of not being held during a pandemic. Field Days...
HOME AND GARDEN DEPARTMENT AWARDS From Addison County Fair and Field Days, 2021 FOODS: King Arthur Award 1st – Cheryl Cesario of Cornwall; 2nd – Perry Lessing of Weybridge; 3rd – Barb James of Bristol. King Arthur Award – Youth – Grace Tolles of New Haven. Dairy Prize Adult – Cindy Peet of Cornwall; Youth – Isaac Haskell of Marstons Mills, MA. Decorated Cake: Adult – Nancy Pecca of Waltham; Youth - Isaac Haskell of Marstons Mills, MA. Apple Prize: Adult – Alice Munson of Weybridge; Youth - Isaac Haskell of Marstons Mills, MA. Honey Baked Goods – Perry Lessing of Weybridge. Canning Award:...

CHARITY SWAN RUNS CC’s Eats with her daughter Charissa at Addison County Fair and Field Days. Their business specializes in funnel cakes and deep-fried Oreos. Independent photo/John Vaaler
NEW HAVEN — “A lot of people just serve fried Oreos with powdered sugar or powdered cinnamon,” Charissa Swan said. “We actually offer an arrangement of specialty toppings. So, we can toss pretty much everything you want here.” Charissa co-owns, with her mother Charity Swan, CC’s Eats, which most of the time serves three products: funnel cakes, fried dough and, more recently, deep-fried Oreos. They were relatively busy at the Addison County Fair and Field Days. Charissa stressed that she and her mother don’t run a two-trick pony stand — which operates out of a trailer the family owns —...

ANTHONY MASTERGEORGE HAS always wanted to work at fairs, and he has for 65 years. He was selling French Fries at Field Days last week. Independent photo/Hannah Laga Abram
NEW HAVEN — Anthony Mastergeorge of Rockingham has been selling French fries for 65 years. Leaning out of his “AJ’s fresh cut French Fries” truck — which he built himself 26 years ago — at Addison County Fair and Field Days to talk to me last week, Mastergeorge looks like the benevolent, all-seeing wizard-in-disguise you’re bound to find in a mysterious, Ferris wheel-based rom-com. Between even-handedly pushing potatoes through a contraption that slices them into fries at breakneck speed (they are indeed hand-cut) and resetting his frying baskets, Mastergeorge reveals that one of his uncles...
CHILDREN'S BARNYARD Below are the winners from the Children’s Barnyard displays at Fair and Field Days. ATTENDED DISPLAYS Youth: 1. Natalie Layn (50); 2. Wyatt Kennett (40). Young Adult: 1. Hailey Roberts (60); 2. Cierra Fleming (50). Adult: 1. Pam Thomas (100). EGG JUDGING Youth: 1. Normandie Cesario UN-ATTENDED DISPLAYS Child: 1. Abel Sheldrick (20); 2. Henry Sheldrick (15); 3. Clara Lucas (13); 4. Sutton Chittenden (10). Youth: 1. Trevor Wright (20); 2. Timmy Wright (15); 3. Noah Sheldrick (13); 4. Tucker Wright (10); Wyatt Kennett. Young Adult: 1. Amelia Kennett (25). Adult: 1. Virginia...

BLUE-RIBBON WINNER ANDREW Lester, 16, smiles with his spring calf, Tilly. Lester is glad that the Conformation Classes are happening again after last year’s classes were canceled due to COVID-19. Independent photo/John Vaaler
“I’m the only one in my class right now, but first place is always the goal,” said Mount Abraham Union High School student Abigail Reen, 17. Reen, with her Ayrshire spring calf named Oakley, bagged an unchallenged Blue Ribbon at the 4-H Youth Dairy Show Conformation Classes at Addison County Fair and Field Days on the first day of the fair last week; Renee Baker was the judge. Reen said that her calf’s greatest strength was her fluid style and obedience. “Her best strength is how well she leads with me, because she pretty much just follows me around like a dog,” Reen said. Before she went on...

THE HAND MOWING competition has been a staple of Field Days since the event began. Photo by Adam Mahady
NEW HAVEN — Quiet can be hard to find at Field Days, but around the back of the cornfields, the “hand mowing” contest draws those who appreciate a practice of listening and focus. “We’re just out here cuttin’ grass,” said Tim Williams, a competitor from Lyme, N.H. This past Thursday morning was only Williams’s second competition, and he feels like he’s improved since his first a couple weeks ago. Williams usually uses a scythe — the long-handled implement with the curved blade that has been used for mowing by hand since, supposedly, 5000 BC — just once or twice a year. But the competition is...

A FIERCE COMPETITOR battles in the boys’ 6- and 7-year-old division at Field Days on Friday. Independent photo/Steve James
NEW HAVEN — Armwrestling once again proved to be popular at Addison County Fair and Field Days, as the sport drew about 200 competitors to the fair’s main show tent on this past Friday. Seventy-seven youths between the ages of 5 and 17 signed up for contests beginning at around 5 p.m., and 125 adults started dueling two hours later in pro and amateur male and female categories.  “We had an awesome turnout,” said organizer Bill  Sinks. The overall winners were Joshua Grant in lefthanded and Eric Preston in righthanded competition. Grant also won the men’s pro left and right 198-pound weight...

CROCHETING JUDGE KAT Cyr is extremely impressed with the crochet-aquarium made by Shoreham resident Nicolee Terre. “Just because they’re so small, so intricate, stuffing it (is a challenge),” Cyr said. “It took some yard and some pieces. A lot of careful hand-stitching and details.” Independent photo/John Vaaler
NEW HAVEN — How does a judge in Addison County Fair and Field Days Home and Garden Department competitions assess crafts, home-grown vegetables, art work? Quality of workmanship, flavor, distinctiveness … Bethany Barry, who was judging a fish tank filled with little crocheted fish in the Frances Monroe Building at the New Haven fairgrounds on Monday, was especially pleased with the creativity of the project. The submission reminded her of the value of “(seeing) that people have the ingenuity, actually the engineering skills. “I’ve been working at Field Days for quite a while,” Barry added. “I...

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