August 20, 2010 by Post Team
Marshfield Fair, When a group of local farmers Marshfield Fair began back in 1867, the event was part of the market for farmers and farm entertainment part, according to Carlton Chandler, senior director of the Marshfield Agricultural Society and secretary / treasurer of the fair
“It was more” I think my ox is stronger than yours. Let’s see who can throw the stone further, ‘”said Chandler, who on August 9 was busy preparing for the start of the 143 Marshfield Fair, a tradition in late August this year starting on Friday August 20 and will last until Sunday, August 29. “There were launch events as horseshoe and racing from point A to point B.”
While the half-way, and many modern rides, is a final draw today Marshfield Fair, horse racing – a popular event during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s – a time dominated events of the week.
“Horse racing was a big part of it,” Chandler said, recalling the crowds totaling over 200,000. “It was definitely the main feature that we can remember.”
When the races was in 1991, Chandler said organizers began to spend more time on the field of agriculture. just today, he said, has strong elements of agriculture, horticulture and arts and crafts.
This year, Chandler said he expects 165000-185000 people visit the fair during the required period of 10 days. This estimate, however, depends on whether the fair to stay dry.
“We are so dependent on the weather,” he said, recalling the last Saturday of last year’s fair, which was completely rained out. “You can not do anything about it. I hope we can reach nine of 10″ days without rain.
New to the fair this year will be an extended blues festival, said Chandler.
“The first weekend is two days instead of one day … we have moved many of the things on the base,” he said, adding that there is not much to do in the field of crafts and photography and, of course, agriculture and horticulture.
“In this day in age, people are very in tune with locally grown … we hope you try to bring in any type of sample accompanying educational information that point,” he said, noting that a period of strong growth could make a giant pumpkin contest memorable.
“We had more than 1,000 pounds of a couple of years ago,” said Chandler. “There should be anywhere from five to a dozen pumpkins.”
Roni Lahage, director of the fair of horticulture, said visitors could expect the ground floor of the room Aggie airing daily with fresh floral arrangements.
“There are lots of things that happen every day,” he said, listing floor and table flower shows and educational conferences and conservation. “People who come in are really impressed by the quality of the exhibits.”
While there will be daily presentations on everything from garden herbs to flower arrangements, he said, pointing to Lahage Friday, August 27 will have a great lesson in winemaking.
“We will get to taste some wines absolutely fabulous,” he said, explaining that representatives of Jonathan Edwards Winery in Connecticut would be on hand both to sponsor a complimentary tasting and wine and roses tour.
Guests, he said, are invited to show, buy a glass of wine, and enjoy some complimentary snacks.
Fair and 7 tickets in advance and 10 at the door. Children 6 and under are free. Seniors older than 65 years are free on Tuesday, August 24, and children 12 and under are free on Wednesday, August 25. Advance tickets are available at the administration office
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