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Field Days Magic: Young and old bring fair to life

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Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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AMANDA MORSE, LEFT, of New Haven uses draft horses Rocket and Jaguar to pull a 100-year-old corn binder through a field at the Addison County Fair and Field Days last week. Right, Katelynn Ouellette and Benjamin Maille chat outside the 4-H Dairy Barn. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

NEW HAVEN — Addison County Forester Chris Olson is right outside the Kelly James Natural Resources Pavilion at the Addison County Field Days site answering questions about the different grades of timber lying felled outside the forestry area. Inside the pavilion, Green Mountain National Forest rangers Chris Mattrick and Holly Knox tell a young fellow in a green hat about how recreation in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area has been on the rise the past several years.

“I guess a lot of folks have gotten more interested in exploring closer to home,” Mattrick says.

The Addison County Fair and Field Days, held last week, August 4–8 at the fairgrounds in New Haven, annually brings together thousands of people who enjoy the fair in all kinds of ways.

But especially important are the people who come every year to volunteer, show, demonstrate, exhibit and maintain the traditions that make Field Days one of the most beloved and well attended events in the county’s calendar. Click on the links below to see some behind-the-scenes portraits of the men, women, teenagers and children who make going to the fair one of the best ways to spend a hot summer day.

Brothers keep antique farm equipment running

Harnessing true horsepower

Guild members card, spin and weave

Youngsters work long hours caring for cows at Field Days

Getting a haircut at Field Days: Young shearer carries on old tradition

First year lessons: A rookie takes the wheel in the Demolition Derby

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