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Spinalcracker 08-26-2010 05:53 PM

It's county Fair time in New England. Lava Report
 
Any of you from New England know this time of year is Fair time. From the small town fair to the county fair to the Big E ( Eastern States Exposition).

I personally really enjoy the smaller fairs. I know some of the people, the food is home cooked and some of the contest are for nothing more than bragging rights.

I'm hoping to get to more of these on Lava and post up some other reports.

The Littleville Fair
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The big contest of the day was the ox pull.
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The crowd in the grandstands for the ox pulling.
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Husband and wife teams.
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Those blocks are 1200lbs, the first 2, the others are 1000lbs.http://spinalcracker.smugmug.com/Oth...89_zHcAc-L.jpg


Here is a video of the pull
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The cow judging contest. Some the the cows need a lot of coaxing.
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A blue ribbon:clap
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The smaller guys had their contest too.
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This guy was in charge.
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This guy had the best doo.
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There were vender there too.
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Arts and crafts
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Hot tubs
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Farm equipment
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After looking at al the livestock I was getting hungry.:lol3

Everything was home made. I know some of the ladies running the kitchen and they were cooking all week to get ready.
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"Yes dear what would you like? Ok I'll get that for you. Peppers and onions and cheese ok? Something to drink? OK hun that will be $6. Thanks love have a great day"
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Yep, homemade sausage with peppers onions and cheese.http://spinalcracker.smugmug.com/Oth...57_ugt52-L.jpg


Lava was the only bike there.
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I wonder how she would do pulling 8000 lbs:huh
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After I left I was headed to Heath for the Yankee Beemers Rally just for the day.

I found some nice dirt roads.
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Ha they only have one horse power:rofl
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Always have to stop to smell the flowers.
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More fairs this weekend :clap


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GB 08-26-2010 06:45 PM

Nice ride!! Love those lights on your bike too..

Moved to Day Trippin' :thumb

Hulked Up 08-26-2010 07:14 PM

Nice! I get excited when this time of year approaches. Cummington Fair this weekend, Vermont State Fair on 9/3, Franklin County Fair starts 9/9, Big E starts 9/17, Peru, VT on 9/25, lots to do this fall.

Ridin Dirty 08-26-2010 07:25 PM

Don't forget the Blandford Fair! Usually Labor Day weekend.

sailer 08-26-2010 09:43 PM

good for you, that looked like a nice day. i wish i had time you run up to one of those small town/coutry fairs. a perfect day trip ride, i should find time to do that. did you just come across that on your ride? or was it a planned to visted/

TK-LA 08-27-2010 01:14 PM

I "heart" NE in the fall...
 
The autumn season is when I miss New England the most, so thanks a heap for giving me more reasons to miss it....jerk. l:rofl

hrolf 08-27-2010 03:36 PM

Nice.

I'll be up at the Topsfield Fair wearing my Blacksmith hat. Y'all stop by and say hi to the apprentice (me) or my boss. See demos! Take classes! Bash Stuff Wif Hammah!

Spinalcracker 08-28-2010 05:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gadget Boy
Nice ride!! Love those lights on your bike too..

Moved to Day Trippin' :thumb


Thanks GB

I'll post some more picts of the lights soon.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Hulked Up
Nice! I get excited when this time of year approaches. Cummington Fair this weekend, Vermont State Fair on 9/3, Franklin County Fair starts 9/9, Big E starts 9/17, Peru, VT on 9/25, lots to do this fall.


I'm going to Cummington Sunday. At the Tomato Festival today. Lots to do :clap




Quote:

Originally Posted by sailer
good for you, that looked like a nice day. i wish i had time you run up to one of those small town/coutry fairs. a perfect day trip ride, i should find time to do that. did you just come across that on your ride? or was it a planned to visted/



I planed to go to the fair the continue to the Yankee Beemers rally.

Spinalcracker 08-28-2010 06:18 PM

The Tomato Festival , Granby MA
 
The Tomato Festival was today in Granby MA. What a beautiful day. Sunny and warm.

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Funny Sign on the way. I need this for the bathroom door
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They knew Lava was coming so they set aside reserve parking just for us.:clap
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Again the only motorbike there.
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Collection of tractors.
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Same color as Lava. Maybe a cousin
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Huge solar array. They said it cost $200,000 and got 90% in grants. Very cool.
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Holy Tomato :huh I have never seen so many different kinds of maters.
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Not tomatoes.
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This guy was making fresh juice. I had carrot apple. OMG:freaky
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This was intriguing.
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Don't look if you under 18:rofl
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Crazy:eek1
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Garlic hanging in the barn
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The line for Tomato tasting.
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Everyone of those stations is a different type of tomato.
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Gorgeous flower gardens.
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Herb was there too
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Roasted corn
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This is my favorite way to do corn now. Just put it on the grill, husks and all for 15 mins. Brush on olive oil and a little salt and :thumb
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There were cooking demonstrations.
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Me and my sweetie enjoying the day. Still can't get her to ride though. Maybe a sidecar.
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She and her daughter drove there.
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A great day great food.

Tomorrow the Cummington Fair. Stay tuned.

Spinalcracker 08-30-2010 11:51 AM

Cummington Fair
 
The Cummington Fair was Sunday. Another bee-u-T-full day!!

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Few more bikes here. A few panicked looks as they had to ride on gravel and park on grass:lol3
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Great old cars.
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Spinalcracker 08-30-2010 12:53 PM

Cool old tractors
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Tracks and skis
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Laconic 08-30-2010 02:33 PM

Cool report! The Blue Hill, Maine Fair is this coming weekend. Will you be there?

Spinalcracker 08-30-2010 03:02 PM

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Originally Posted by 257bob
Cool report! The Blue Hill, Maine Fair is this coming weekend. Will you be there?


Thanks

That is the problem with this time of year there is so much to do. I won't be at the one in Maine.

This weekend there is the Vermont State Fair in Rutland, Southern Vt Garlic Festival in Bennington

Bennington Irish Music Festival

Then in MA there is:
Spencer, Blandford and the 3 County Fair in Northampton.

I am leaning towards the Garlic and Irish in Bennington.

stromper 08-30-2010 05:18 PM

The Woodstock Connecticut Fair is a great compromise between local and big

It is held EVERY Labor day weekend.

Attractions from actual calf birthing , pavement gocarts, big midway

tractors and horses and oxen

If you can't get to Minnesota than this is the one

Spinalcracker 08-30-2010 06:07 PM

Cummington Fair has a good mix of new and old. It has the 4H animal events, the firemen muster, draw horse pulling a midway thats not over done, lumberjack events.

Lumberjack events are very entertaining to watch.
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It's amazing how fast they can cut through the wood.
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