Friday, September 7, 2012

The North Haven Fair

Cotton Candy, Kissing Llamas, and Blue Ribbon Pies  - OH MY!  

We're at the North Haven Fair!

This time of year in New England our calendars are packed with fun-filled fairs and festivals, and North Haven touts this year's fair as "The Fairest of the Fests!"  This year marks the 70th anniversary of the North Haven Fair, running September 6th - 9th, 2012 on the North Haven Fairgrounds.

You can feel the celebratory nature in the air this year!  Everyone is having fun! This annual agriculture mini extravanganza  is complete with amusements, a midway, pony rides, pie-eating contests, petting zoos, AND A KISSING LLAMA! Live music, tractor pulls, a women's skillet tossing contest (???) (the cowboy better learn to duck) and did I mention THE KISSING LLAMA!!

With amusement ride specials and the midway sponsored by Rockwell Amusements (operated by my good friend Ellie) this is an annual affair not to be missed!  There are all sorts of ride specials - check the North Haven Fair website for amusement ride specials and discounts.

Here's some of what we saw, ate, and enjoyed in our quick trip to the fair this evening...
Plenty of free parking and admission is $10.00 per person, children under 12 that are accompanied by an adult are FREE!

We started going through the vendor's buildings with representatives from EVERYWHERE!
The cowboy rushes me through these places quickly - he's afraid I'll want him to carry out a new vacuum cleaner...or that I'll re-side the house.  Apologies to the many vendors for lack of pictures of your amazing wares!
Next we moved on to the petting zoo and livestock exhibits.  There's the cutest little piglet taking his early evening nap.

and a little billy goat gruff - always makes me think of the old 50s Heidi on the Alps movies!

and my friend, the black sheep.  It's like looking in a mirror, I tell ya'!

Look at this little fellow!  Aren't farm animals just the cutest?

and here he is!!!  My man!  The kissing LLAMA!
It's been a long, long, time since I've been kissed by anyone but the cowboy!  
But who could resist this lump of love llama?!  
And I guess he couldn't resist me either because right after I snapped this picture 
he planted a big old wet kiss on me!  
(I think the cowboy was laughing himself silly jealous!!!)
Enough of the adult fun...let's move on to some kiddie stuff!
Like Pony Rides!

kiddie bungie jumping

the midway games of chance

and rides galore!  

Everything from the Polar Express, the Locomotive, and the Wonderful Ferris Wheel.  
We then moseyed into one of the exhibition halls
where we saw what the best local farmers had to offer 
(and I had to keep the cowboy from reaching over 
and helping himself to these gorgeous tomatoes)
"No, dear. You have not been asked to be a tomato tasting judge."

Eggplants, squash, gourds, and pumpkins

 Art exhibits

...and award winning pies!
"No, dear. You have not been asked to be a pie tasting judge."
And there is so much more to see!  Breads and cakes - knitting and crafts...and more!

Needless to say...the pies made both of us it's time to visit the delicious food offerings
I started with a Blooming Onion

and the cowboy had his usual hot dog...
but he had a sad face because there was no yellow mustard!
Food vendors! - We like the French's Mustard!!
he finished it off with a side of fried dough pizza! 
(oops - minus a bite or two in the photograph!)

While I grabbed myself a bag of the sugary confection I love best

(almost as good as my LLAMA KISS!)

While we ate we listened to some music by Sons of Liberty Band  
What a great band! Featuring some oldies, soft rock, and a little crossover country.

There's music galore - check the North Haven Fair website for entertainment and times!

There's still plenty of time left to visit the North Haven Fair this weekend!

Washington Avenue
Route 5
North Haven, CT 06483

September 6th - 9th, 2012

And beware of kissing llamas!

The Petting Zoo and the kissing llama are from West Ledge Farm in Killingworth, CT

More Pictures Available on Facebook:  Home Place visits the North Haven Fair 2012

Are you saving some calendar dates for upcoming fairs or festivals? 
Did you visit the North Haven Fair this year?  
Have you ever kissed a llama?

I'd love to hear about it in the comment area below!

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  1. Hi Bonnie,
    I love local fairs! Just so much fun to walk around and look, make fun of people (quietly to myself, of course), and allow myself to eat anything that looks good even if it may not be good for me. Our County Fair is in August and we weren't able to make it this year. I have to wait another whole year now! Hope you have fun!

    1. Thanks Nina, we had a great time - and ate so much fried food that our arteries are still stuck closed! Worth every bite!


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