Not your average Field Days winners

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD NORMANDIE CESARIO accepts the Frances Monroe Award from Addison County Fair and Field Days Home and Garden Department chair Lee Greenwalt at the fair on Saturday. The Cornwall resident is the youngest kid to win the award.

MIKE DENIS OF Weybridge accepts the Leona Thompson Bowl for excellence in food and handcrafts at Addison County Fair and Field Days last Saturday night.

NEW HAVEN — On Saturday evening, Aug. 14, the Home and Garden Departments at the Addison County Fair and Field Days celebrated its annual awards ceremony in front of a capacity crowd.

Among awards in Foods, Flowers, Garden Products, Handicrafts, and Art & Photography, two very special awards were handed out — The Leona Thompson Award for high scores in Foods and Handicrafts, and The Frances Monroe Award for Youth for high scores in at least two departments. These awards, for Addison County residents only, honor the exemplary exhibits that are shared with the community at the fair.

This year, the superintendents of the Home and Garden Departments were delighted to honor two unexpected recipients: Mike Denis of Weybridge is the first male winner of The Leona Thompson Award; and Normandie Cesario of Cornwall is the youngest recipient (age 8) of The Frances Monroe Award.

“We are so delighted with all of the exhibits that were brought to the fair this year, and we’re already planning for next year,” said Home and Garden superintendent Megan Sutton.

A listing of all of the award recipients will be available soon.

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