The Tavistock Fall Fair

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I signed up months ago to rent a table at the Tavistock Fall Fair. I'd sell my books, especially the two newest ones, Harry's Trees and Good Grief People, as well as the others in which I'd had a part. And I'd see people I know. After all, it was one of the notable events of the year during my childhood. People come back year after year. This was my second time coming as an author.

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This year's theme was Scarecrows and there were quite a few of them hanging around the arena.

image7.JPGimage4.JPGimage6.JPGBut there was much more to see. Silent auction, exhibits of fruit, vegetables, corn stalks, baking, canning and needlework. For activities, there was much to choose from, including Bubble Soccer, Baby Show, Children's Pet Show, Lawnmower Races, Fair Ambassador contest, Antique Cars, and livestock contests and horses.

image2.JPGThese giant pumpkins stood right next to my table. People kept asking how much they weighed and we wondered how many pies could be made from them. Maybe they'd only be used for seed for the next year, especially that giant yellow one.

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Display by a community group

image12.JPGimage13.JPGDisplays by Women's Institute groups. I didn't get to the curling rink this time to see the 4-H dispays.

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Commercial displays, such as the Horticultural Society (above)

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The Tavistock and District Historical Society

image3.JPGThe young lady on the left, named Hannah, was busy much of the weekend painting faces. Her cousin demonstrates one such creation.

image5.JPGMy table with books

image15.JPGNeedlework, including sewn items such as this beautiful little smocked dresses. Ruth R. takes first prize every year.

image16.JPGKnitting. I didn't have time to look these over to see a top winner but there surely were a number of lovely items.

image9.JPGAnd of course the Silent Auction that raises money for the Agricultural Society, so the fair can keep going year after year. It's a monumental feat for Kim and her crew. If I try to list them I may miss some hard-working volunteer, so I won't do that, only to say it's like an army of people who help in some way, either setting up, supervising bidding sheets, counting the bids, and take down each year. I helped with that last year and got a glimpse into how much effort it really takes.

image10.JPGSuzanne surveying the bids, making sure pages are properly marked.

image17.JPGPhoto display. Only a few can win, but there were so many worthy entries in different categories that it would be hard to choose.

image14.JPGAnd quilt competitions too. I found this one rather interesting, made mostly of denim.

I didn't get to the children's displays, but I did see results of some talented artists who'd submitted their work.

An agricultural fair involves planning, set-up and the creativity of a community to make a good series of events all wrapped into one package. I've been on the judging side but not the setting up. Once all the exhibits are in place, people pin the work up on boards and set up the baking in their closed-in boxes. And outdoors, there were bleachers to set up for people wanting to watch the horse judging and the tug of war. And selling tickets for the midway too.

It takes a community working together. Well done,Tavistock Agricultural Society.