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Battling beaters draw big crowds at Field Days

Posted on August 13, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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NEW HAVEN — Thousands of fans flocked on Wednesday and Thursday night to see cars, trucks and minivans collide, auto parts fly, and smoke and steam billow from crushed radiators and bashed engine blocks, all while listening to the deafening din of un-muffled motors and pretzeled metal.

Yes, it was time for two nights of the No. 1 Auto Parts Demo Derby at Addison County Fair & Field Days, which draws more spectators than any single event at the fair, possibly to live out their fantasies of road rage.

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It's fair time! Racing pigs, stunt bikers — and local heritage

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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As Addison County’s Field Days get underway this Tuesday through Saturday, we rushed out on the fair’s opening day to record a few vignettes of life at the fair. Here are three that show just a small part of the varied activities you’ll find. More photos and stories will be in next Monday’s issues as well.

Dairy judge searches for the perfect cow

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Racing pigs sprint for their prize: Oreo cookies

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By James Finn



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NEW HAVEN — For the second year running, Addison County Fair and Field Days attendees have the chance to take in a competitive athletic spectacle that tends to turn some heads: Robinson’s Racing Pigs, who made their Field Days debut last year, are back for more.

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Dairy judge searches for the perfect cow

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



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NEW HAVEN — The bleachers were almost full at the animal show arena at Addison County Fair & Field Days as several 4-H kids led their cows inside for conformation classes, angling for a wide range of possible awards.

Large as that audience may have been, the 4-H-ers were mostly aiming to impress the person whose opinion counted most: dairy judge Elizabeth Hall of East Montpelier.

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Stunt biker wows Field Days crowd

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



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NEW HAVEN — Robbie Pfunder is not a fan of flinching.

For the bike stuntman, who wowed a crowd of fairgoers at the Addison County Fair & Field Days last Tuesday, every inch, and every flinch, matters — especially when kids are involved.

During one of Pfunder’s most impressive feats, audience volunteers Oscar and Maya formed a human high-bar, holding a cord roughly 40 inches in the air for Pfunder to hop over with his bike. As the audience held its breath, Pfunder completed the leap — and both kids jumped back.

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Do you cook, paint, sew or otherwise craft? Field Days wants you

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — Some organizers at Addison County Fair & Field Days are hoping that some locals with an artistic or culinary bent will submit their work for contests at the fair.

Are you a cook, crafter, gardener or artist? The Frances Monroe Home and Garden Center at the Addison County Fair and Field Days is the perfect place to display your work. The fair offers opportunities to exhibit handicrafts, art and photography, foods, flowers and garden products. There are premiums and prizes offered, as well as the chance to show your work and inspire others.

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Rainy weather takes toll on 2016 Field Days attendence

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



NEW HAVEN — Addison County Fair and Field Days attendance dropped this year from typical numbers, and even further from 2015, which was a banner year.

About 27,000 people paid their way into the New Haven fairgrounds between Aug. 9 and 13, according to the Field Days business manager, about 10,000 fewer than 2015.

But Field Days board member Ken Button said although that drop-off appears dramatic, it was, while disappointing, not that far off from attendance in an average year.

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Carnival workers talk about life on the road

Posted on August 15, 2016 |
By Sam Hartley



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NEW HAVEN — Most people go to the Addison County Fair and Field Days to relax and to enjoy the livestock, the fried fair food and — last, but certainly not least — the carnival rides. Amidst all the sounds, smells and sights that come with the fair, it’s easy to overlook the workers along the midway who keep these enormous machines running for our entertainment.

These men and women come from all parts of the country, and get to see a large part of this country while working the summer season.

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Field Days parade celebrates fair favorites

Posted on August 11, 2016 |
By Ellie Reinhardt



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NEW HAVEN — As the sun set Tuesday night, the first day of the Addison County Fair and Field Days came to a triumphant close with the annual opening parade, a tradition as old as the fair itself.

The parade featured more than 25 groups, each eager to share their favorite thing about Field Days, the theme for the 2016 parade.

“My favorite thing about Field Days is all of it.” said Rustan Swenson, drum major for the Seth Warner Mt. Independence Fife and Drum Corps. “I’m serious, everything, I love it all.”

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