Today you’re going to have to use your imagination. I have a picture of doors, but they are open. Still, I think you can get the flavor of the building from the photo and I’m pretty sure you will all be able to imagine the setting. County fairs, agricultural fairs, 4-H fairs all have so many things in common that I probably don’t even need the pictures, but, you know that I love to include pictures.
I mentioned the Haddam Neck Fair when I was talking about Directions. The fair is a famous we-got-lost-on-the-way-to event in our marriage, but we have long since gotten familiar with the general location and I’ve replaced my map of the eastern United States with a GPS. Our daughter Faith has been hiking a lot this summer, so I suggested that we hike in nearby (to the fair) Hurd State Park and reward ourselves for all that exercise with a sausage grinder.
Faith is a vegetarian, but she really likes hiking, so the offer was accepted, even though she didn’t get a sausage grinder.
The hike was short, about 4 miles with a slight elevation gain. We parked in the middle of the park, hiked down to the Connecticut River, up onto a rock outcropping that overlooks the river, and then back to our car along the road that bisects the park. Two miles later, we were in search of Sausage One. That’s what the Haddam Neck Volunteer Fire Department have named the fire-engine-red trailer from which they dispense some of the finest sausage grinders on the planet. Across the “courtyard” from Sausage One is a guy who sells the world’s best French Fries.
But, it’s not all about the food.
We climbed into the bleachers with our fries (grinder, long gone) and watched a Dog Agility Demonstration. The dogs were so much fun to watch. Since it was a demonstration, there were a lot of agile-dogs-in-training in the group. Next up, a meet-and-greet with the Irish Setter from the group of agile hounds, followed by a short stay at the tractor pull. We would have stayed longer at the tractor pull, but the guy running the pay loader apparently attended the Martha Stewart School of track preparation. 25 seconds to pull the sled and 20 minutes to repair the damage. Maybe if I had a second grinder and it had been 15 degrees cooler, but no.
From there, we stopped to see the staple of New England agricultural fairs, the Hit & Miss engine display. You can hear this exhibit long before you see it, but if you’re with me, you know you are going to see it. We wandered around the rest of the exhibits, vendors, games, rides and animal displays before snagging an ice cream and heading home.
I hope you enjoy the three short videos and the photos from our hike and the fair. This post is part of Norm Frampton’s amazing Thursday Doors series that is taking the Internet by storm. Anyone can participate, all you need is a door. However, if you add a door, please click the little blue button thingie on Norm’s page to add your door to the official list.