Sunday, October 04, 2015

An October day at the fair

The last remaining CCC building on the grounds; the Deerfield fairgrounds used to be a camp for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s
Yesterday Mr. T and I took the day off and went to the Deerfield Fair.   We hadn't attended for many, many years but we just decided that this year we were going to make the time.  To our minds this is the best agricultural fair in New Hampshire.  It's a very large fair with all the rides confined to a smallish area and far more emphasis on the agricultural events.  There's a stock pulling ring, a tractor pulling ring, a horse show arena and a ring for the 4-H events.  You can go through the barns and we always enjoyed doing that when the kids were young.  Everything is so nicely decorated for fall, and there are loads and loads of eating places.  I had forgotten the camera, so we got a few pictures with my Kindle.

We planned carefully just what "fair food" we would indulge in, and we only got one of any item and shared it.  I think the only actual fair food -- as in deep-fried, not at all nutritious, items -- we got were a fried dough and a bloomin' onion.

We did take a bit of time and visit the CCC building and exhibit shown at the top of the post.  The Civilian Conservation Corps had its Pawtuckaway Camp here in the 1930s, and there is a good bit of memorabilia in this building, as well as loads of Deerfield Fair history.  Mr. T's dad was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps and had great memories of his service with the CCC, so we wanted to look around this building a bit.

Fireplace inside the CCC building.  Today was chilly and the fire felt great.
Fireplace from a distance.  Notice all of the fair ribbons hanging from the beams.
The horse pulling is one of our favorite things to watch.

The sign reads "Deerfield Fair World Championship Horse Pulling".

I'll close with a photo of our final fair food treat: a cider doughnut sundae.  A warm cider doughnut is topped with French vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and whipped cream.  Amazing.  This cider doughnut booth had long waiting lines, and now I see why!

And that was a small taste of our day at the fair!

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