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Westport 2-5-11

Looking for an antidote to single digits, frozen pipes, and early sunsets? If you can't head down to Florida to sip refreshments outdoors and admire your RV, you can always start thinking about the Essex County Fair, which ought to snap you right back to warm, sunny days and the smell of michigans on the Midway.

The folks at the Agricultural Society have been doing just that, in fact. They've been busy planning this year's fair, which will be Aug. 10-14, and they're putting the word out that if you want your business on a sponsorship T-shirt or banner now is the time to let them know. You can email them at countyfairfun@yahoo.com. The Ag Society was well represented at the 123rd annual NY Agricultural Fairs Convention in Rochester, which was held Jan. 14-17. Several members attended the weekend of workshops, motivational lectures (including one called "Hootie Hoo Attitude"), entertainment, networking, and general brainstorming. One act they've already signed is Tim McGraw-impersonator Allen Scott, who'll be struttin' his stuff on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m.

The Ag Society is always looking for new ways to promote the fair and our beautiful Fairgrounds, and this year they've come up with a great fresh idea-a spring benefit festival at the Fairgrounds, to be held May 13-15. There will be music all weekend, a car show on Saturday, and a motorcycle rally on Sunday. Plus vendors, a parts swap, and a craft show. This promises to be a lot of fun, and it's all for a good cause, since proceeds will go the American Cancer Society and Fairgrounds buildings. If you would like to be part of this exciting event as a vendor or crafter, or if you'd like your club to join in, let them know at countyfairfun@yahoo.com. I'll have more details as the date draws closer.

If you can't hold out till May, come hear some beautiful music from the Key Winds Trio (Janice Kyle, Janine Scherline, and David Carpenter) at the Westport Library on Thursday, February 10 at 7 p.m. There will be a fire in the fireplace, and refreshments will be served.

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