Thursday, November 6, 2008

Winter Storage at Fairgrounds

The buildings are being prepared for the winter months at the fairgrounds. Winter storage will take place on Saturday, November 8th. The placing of stored items will begin around 7:30 a.m. So get there in plenty of time for placement directions. If there are any questions, contact Jack Comporesi, Director in charge of winter storage at (860)485-9021. There is still some space available for anyone interested.

If anyone is thinking of having a winter event, the grounds are available for specific uses. Contact George Beck or any director in our "Contact Us" section for more information. If there is anything news worthy, we will keep you posted on what's happening at the Fair.

Have a great winter!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Things are winding down at the fairgrounds. The buildings are being cleaned out. Equipment is being winterized and put in order. Winter storage will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2008 at approximately 7:30 a.m. There is still room in some of our buildings if anyone is interested in placing a car, boat, camping trailer, motor home. etc. away for the winter months. Jack Comporesi, our director in charge can be reached through information on our website. He can supply more information to any interested party. Other than that, things should be set for the winter months.

Letters went out to all our members regarding our Annual Dinner meeting to be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at the Harwinton Congregational Church. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting will being promptly at 8:00 p.m. Any member wishing to only attend the meeting may do so. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks again for a great year. Before you know it, it will be April and Tuesday work nights will be starting. Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Harwinton Fair!

The 152nd Harwinton Fair is officially over for another year. All in all, it was a great success. The Harwinton Agricultural Society would like to express our sincere THANKS!! to everyone who made our Fair so great. Thank you to the Board & members who worked so hard and put in countless hours preparing for it. Also, thanks to our Superintendents of the Departments, their workers & all the volunteers who spent the weekend putting everything together. And especially to everyone who came to the Fair and supported us with their attendence. Without you all this would not be possible.

On Saturday the weather was incredible! The air was cool & crisp, a typical autumn day in New England. Under the bright sunshine, the crowds began rolling in early and stayed well past 6:00 pm. The shows were enjoyed by great audiences all day long. The animal barns had many visitors, enjoying barnyard animals, poultry, rabbits, cattle & draft horses. There was a variety of great fair food, rides for the big & little kids alike, and vendors offered all kinds of goods.

The Oxen Teamster Challenge was a big hit - the first one in Connecticut! The oxen show and pulls & horse show had their fans rooting them on. Woodchopping events had a great turnout and bluegrass music on the bandstand was enjoyed. Bands playing, magic shows and family entertainment had big audiences. Our historical area had many visitors. Civil War enactors and our pioneer group spoke to the crowds, telling them just how things used to be. The Country Store, working shingle mill and blacksmith shop were also favorites of the fair goers.

On Sunday, waking up to rain was not a good sign for the Fair. But by noon, the clouds lifted and the sun came out. People came and it turned out to be a very good day. The horses pulled in the ring and the Western riding show went on as scheduled. There was a polka band concert in the afternoon enjoyed by all along with rides, family entertainment and fun for the kids. Sunday brought out an antique stagecoach and demonstration in the horse ring at noon as well.

Again, thanks to all for making our 152nd Fair wonderful. We look forward to doing it all again.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Countdown Continues!!!

It's only 9 days to go. The deadline for all exhibitor entry forms was today, Wednesday September 23rd. Things are in high gear now. It's definitely crunch time. With only one weekend to go, the pressure's on. The buildings are being set up for all the animals to arrive. This weekend vendors will start coming in. The main exhibit building and Youth in Action will be getting ready for all the displays to arrive.
Tag nights are being held on Monday, September 29th and Tuesday, September 30th at the Harwinton Library on Bentley Road from 6:30 pm on. All are welcome to come and give a hand.
Tags for exhibitors can be picked up on October 2nd,Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is for PICK UP ONLY. This gives anyone with a lot of entries time to get them organized. Then on Friday evening tags can be picked up and exhibits brought into the buildings until 8 p.m. Tags will also be available on Saturday morning from 8 am to 9:15 am. All exhibitors must have their items tagged and entered in the buildings by Saturday, no later than 9:30 am for judging.
We're all looking forward to another great Harwinton Fair. Come and be a part of 152 years of celebration at the best country fair in Litchfield County.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Only 18 Days to Go!!!

The Fair is coming fast! Work still continues at the fairgrounds. Every Tuesday & Thursday is work night. Even during the day, people are busy preparing for the Fair. Vendor sites are being marked out. There are still openings for anyone interested. Contact our Superintendent of Concessions, Chris Terlecky. (See "Contact Us" Section of Website)

Additional landscaping is being completed on the grounds, along with other projects including trimming and mowing. Members and volunteers are encouraged to help us. It will certainly be appreciated.

Volunteers to work in our soda booths and merchandise building are also needed for the Fair Days. Not only will you be helping out the Society but you'll also have fun doing it. "Contact Us".

Tag Night will be on Monday & Tuesday evenings, September 29th & 30th at the Harwinton Library. "More hands make light work" as the saying goes. We'd love to have you come.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Fair is Coming!

The Fair is just 34 days away. Most of the major projects have been completed. Now it's putting the finishing touches on everything.

On August 17th, we held a pig roast and picnic for our workers and volunteers and other individuals have done so much for our fair. Approximately 85 people were in attendence. It was a beautiful day and a great day was had by all. Ernie Schultz entertained us with his accordion playing.

The two recipients of our scholarships this year were presented with $1,000.00 each. Mary Orefice received our agricultural award and Amy Symonds received the non agricultural award.

The restroom & workshop siding is complete and the new tile office floors are now done too.

Look for our premium book that has been mailed. It can also be found in many locations throughout the area. Or call Lisa Shimels, our secretary if you can't locate one.

Tuesday and Thursday nights have been designated worknights now that the fair is getting closer. We could use some help with weeding and getting the grounds ready for fairtime.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Work still continues!

This Tuesday was another worknight at the fairgrounds. Everyone including the directors, members, and volunteers are all busy getting that "To Do" done. Before you know it the Fair will be here. So far, all pavillions are up and in place. The new tile floor in our offices is partially complete. The interior walls of the offices now have a new coat of fresh paint!! The new northend soda booth is now on the midway with the finishing touches being done this week. Our new Fair Merchandise Building is 95% complete. The floor in building #2 (the main exhibit building) has been prepped and skim coated. It looks absolutely great. Another fantastic job.

Our painting crew with Jim Curtis has been busy putting fresh paint on the display cases in the buildings and anything else that needs new paint.

The workers have started siding the Restroom Building and Workshop front. This will make a big difference with the appearances of our buildings.

Our premium book for 2008 is at the printer's now and should be going out by the end of this week. So be on the lookout for them.

The Fair now has internet hookup and an e-mail address

The new gates at the entrance of our grounds have been installed and finishing work is just about completed.

Anyone interested in helping out can just show up on any Tuesday night from 5:30 p.m. on. Our garden could use some weeders too!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Well here we go Guy`s a lot of things have been happening since we last logged in in June.First of all we are very close to having our website up and running!!!.We have been very busy so far this summer,We started by straighting a roadway that runs pass our water garden and our cattle barn to make room for a new pavilion for cattle show.We also installed a new picnic pavilion up by the gazebo, so that makes 3 picnic pavilions at our fair with all new picnic tables.Next we built a new soda booth to replace a trailer ,we are installing new ceramic tile floors in our Secretary,Concessions,& Treasurers Office. All the exhibit counters and stands in our main exhibit building have been freshly painted.We have just stared to install vinyl siding on our Maintenance & our Restroom buildings.We had removed a couple of big trees in parking lot #3 so we can expand our amusement area this year.We have a lot more things to do before October 4Th & 5Th .All this work is being done by Volunteers which meet up at the Fairgrounds on Tuesday evenings at 5 pm starting May 1st through the 2ND week in November. If you like to become a member or just Volunteer show up on any Tuesday Night we will find you something to do.Got to run Talk to you soon ...Bruce.. President Harwinton Fair.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

New web site coming...

We're hoping to have the new web site up and running in another month. This will be a comprehensive upgrade - format as well as content - covering everything for both the fair as well as the fairgrounds. Maps, calendar, photographs, history, news desk, the works.

There are a few things we'll have to put off to the future - on-line sign-up for events and competitions, for instance, although the forms will be available for printing. I'd also like to see immediate publication of winners and prizes, and perhaps a live webcam of the fairground during the event - always kinda fun to see the crowds moving back and forth.

Lots more to come...