August is time for Vermont's largest agricultural fair-Addison County Fair and Field Days. This year's fair, Aug. 10-14, is an annual affair and the keystone event held at the fairgrounds in New Haven. It boasts literally something for everyone, of all ages.
This year's event includes a variety of ag shows and midway attractions-amusements, cattle, horse, goat, miniature donkey and sheep shows; tractor pulls, ox, pony and horse pulling; extensive antique exhibit, children's barnyard, live entertainment, parade, demo derbies, free youth activities, arm wrestling and a Vermont products dinner.
Originally held in downtown Middlebury off Court Street, at a fairgrounds and racetrack site now occupied by Maru Hogan Elementary School, Addison County's summer fair grew in fits and starts. Field days events were held at various farms around the area but the event grew faster than most farmers cared to deal with. A new site was purchased in New Haven in the shadow of Rattlesnake Mountain and this is history.
The 2010 fair and field days kicked off with a parade at 8 p.m. Aug. 10. Superintendents Benj Deppman and Diane Norris said this year's parade theme was"Go Local!" with several prizes (names not available at press time).
Look for The Eagle's annual fair and field days book, a guide to all the fun and activities at the fairgrounds this week.
Below is a list of daily activities to set your watch by through Aug. 14:
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Children's Barnyard Open
10 a.m.-10 p.m. 4-H & Youth Building Open
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Antique Equipment Building Open
9 a.m.- 9 p.m. Maple Sugar House Open
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Twist O' Wool Guild Demos (Twist O' Wool Guild tent)
10 a.m.- Forest Festival Exhibits & Demonstrations (forest tent)
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Home & Garden Building Open with continuous craft demos
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Lucien Paquette Exhibit Building Open
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Maple Products Demonstrations (maple sugar house)
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Bingo Daily
Noon-midnight Midway Open (approximately)
1-4 p.m. Milking Parlor Demonstrations
1-6: p.m. Cairo Northern Clowns (walk around entertainment)
Please Note: Most exhibits will be removed on Saturday night at 10 p.m.