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Harnessing true horsepower

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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Michealla Flint, 15, of Wolcott, leads Duke around and around as the 20-year-old Belgian draft horse powers one of the antique hay presses. They are part of ongoing demonstrations at the fair put on by the Green Mountain Draft Horse Association. At different times throughout the week, different teams of horses and drivers have harvested wheat and corn, plowed a field, pulled wagons around the fairground, and powered machinery.

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

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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BRISTOL — After witnessing the action at last year’s demolition derby at the Addison County Fair and Field Days, Ethan Heffernan decided it was time he entered a demolition derby car of his own.

“I thought it was pretty entertaining and a good time, so I wanted to get in on it this year,” the 22-year-old Bristol resident said. “I got myself a car for 200 bucks and said, ‘What the hell, why not?’”

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Guild members card, spin and weave

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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Not too far from the antique farm equipment and the draft horses, Peggy Lyons is in the Twist O’ Wool Guild’s big, white tent, spinning thread.

“For me, the fair is the animals and the people,” she says. “We love this new location because it’s down by the horses and the machinery and the sheep. I organize the tent for the guild, and we get members volunteering. The fair is the best excuse in the world to sit and spin all day.”

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Youngsters work long hours caring for cows at Field Days

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ACTR to offer free shuttlebus to Field Days

Posted on August 3, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) will once again provide free rides for visitors to Addison County Fair and Field Days, thanks to the support of Champlain Valley Equipment. Daily runs will occur via the expanded Tri-Town Shuttle Bus Route from Tuesday, Aug. 5, to Saturday, Aug. 9. Fairgoers can access this service in Middlebury, Bristol, New Haven and Vergennes.

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Field Days revamps its tickets

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



NEW HAVEN — Among the new features at the 68th annual Addison County Fair & Field Days next week will be a small item that many visitors won’t even see — a new, more complex ticket.

After a rash of fraudulent tickets cost the nonprofit that runs the fair almost $12,000 last year, organizers have taken steps to make sure it never happens again.

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Grooming intensifies as 4-Hers prep livestock for the fair

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ORWELL / WEYBRIDGE — This week, 4-H youngsters around Addison County are busy washing, combing, clipping, currying and all-around grooming their animals and working on their own showmanship skills in preparation for the upcoming Addison County Fair and Field Days, Aug. 4–8.

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New barn coming to Fair and Field Days

Posted on May 22, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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WALTHAM — There’s something new coming to the Addison County Fair and Field Days. It’s not a ride, exhibit or contest, but serves a thoroughly practical purpose.

Visitors to this summer’s fair will find a new safety building located near the fairgrounds’ front entrance.

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Counterfeit tickets to cost Field Days thousands

Posted on October 13, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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NEW HAVEN — In the final days of the Addison County Fair and Field Days this past August, Ken Button, one of the fair’s directors, was counting the tickets that had been collected that week. He was trying to get a sense of how many people had come through the gates. On the table in front of him lay stacks of exhibitor day passes and season passes arranged by type of ticket.

But when he looked closely at the stacks of tickets, something didn’t look right.

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