Feb 032014

A file photo of a field at Grassy Hill Farm.

A file photo of a field at Grassy Hill Farm.

The Orange Country Fair Committee has announced that applications for the Association of CT Fairs scholarship program are available at the Amity Senior High School guidance department, Case Memorial Library and Orange Town Hall

• One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior or college student pursuing a course of study in agriculture, home economics or a related field during the next school year.

• One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior or college student pursuing a course of study in any field during the next school year.

• One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior or college student to be chosen at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.

All applications must be received and returned to the fair secretary by May 15.

Mail to: Marianne Bauer, Secretary – Orange Country Fair, 1041 Beechlawn Terrace, Orange, CT 06477.

For further information, call Bauer at 203-795-6489.

Sep 232013

DSC00054Saturday was a nice, sunny day for outdoor activities, but, did Orange residents choose to go to the Orange Country Fair or Orange Day at the Beardsley Zoo?

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo invited all Orange residents to join them for a discounted price of $5 on Saturday.

The Orange Country Fair invited everyone, no matter where they were from, for just a couple of dollars more.

At the Zoo you could see several species of wolves, tigers, linx, monkeys, llamas, prairie dogs, bison, Vultures, Bald Eagles, and a leopard, all at a respectable distance through heavy cages and glass partitions.

At the Fair you could see, Alpacas, goats, piglets, a Golden Eagle, Barred Owl, rabbits, Oxen, Draft Horses, calves, sheep and so many more creatures all up close and personal where you could pet some of them and admire their beauty and soft fur.

So, where did you go this weekend? The Fair? The Zoo? or Both?

Sep 222013

From exhibits to contests and shows, browsing through the civic tent or seeing what the Orange Historical Society has been up to, there’s plenty to do at the Orange Country Fair.

The overnight rain is all the moisture we were supposed to see, so come on down and spend the day.

Chip’s pancake breakfast at 8 a.m.

Fair closes at 6 p.m.

Here are some pictures from Saturday’s activities.

Sep 212013

Screen shot 2013-09-17 at 12.49.43 PMThe Orange Country Fair is one of the most anticipated events of the year, with animals, exhibits, contests and so many things to do, including free family photos and getting up close and personal with birds of prey.

The weather forecasters are promising that Mother Nature will sprinkle on the fairgrounds sometime this weekend, but fear not, there are plenty of indoor and undercover exhibits to enjoy that you are still sure to have a great time.

Returning this year is Juggler/Unicyclist Bruce Sarafian, who will be on the fairgrounds both days.

The Marvelous Mutts will be back with their Frisbee chasing high diving show and of course the pork chop pig races with emcee Bobby Fantarella are always a favorite. What names will Bobby come up with this year?

Residents with green thumbs have been working hard in their gardens all year long to grow the biggest most beautiful flowers, vegetables and plants to put on display with the hope of winning the coveted blue ribbon.

Artists, photographers, quilters, crafters, and bird house builders have prepared their best works for the fair as well.

Although small animals like rabbits, chickens and gerbils will be welcomed as exhibits, the ONLY dogs that are allowed on the fairgrounds are the Marvelous Mutts that will be performing — please leave your pets at home.

Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors, children under 15 and persons with disabilities admitted free.

Don’t forget if you have submissions for any of the exhibits, you must bring them in to the Fairgrounds on Friday, Sept. 20 between 5:30 and 8 p.m.

Remember, all exhibits must be left in place until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Be aware that although the fair officially starts on Saturday, the Satellite Food Tent on the lower fairgrounds will be open Friday night at 6 p.m.  and the All Mighty Truck Pull will be taking place down there at 6 p.m. as well.

Important Note: Recycling containers and garbage barrels will be located throughout the fairgrounds, please do not put garbage in the recycling containers, and do not throw recyclables in the trash.


Here is your complete calendar of events:


Aug 152013

A copy of the 2013 Fair Poster

A copy of the 2013 Fair Poster

The Orange Country Fair this year is Sept 21. This event, begun in 1898, is an important part of the Orange, Connecticut culture. The town’s heritage is in farming and dairies, agricultural fairs, town hall meetings, church suppers and activities on the Green.

The town folk continue to volunteer for the fire department, care for the elderly, give to charity and work to make the Town a good place to live. The Fair exemplifies all this and highlights Orange’s history of good citizenship.

For the second year the Rotary Club of Orange has arranged to offer a limited number of Commemorative Posters depicting the many events and activities of this unique Fair and the culture of Orange. The 2013 Poster is a print of a painting by respected Orange artist, Graham Dale, whose illustrations and paintings can be seen in galleries and media nationwide.

These prints are poster-size, numbered and signed by the artist. They are commemorative prints of the Fair intended to be  “collectibles,” capturing a bit of Orange history for home or office. Future year’s posters will be created by different celebrated local Orange artists.  The price is $20 for each numbered 2013 Orange Country Fair Commemorative Poster.

They can be purchased at the Fair at the Rotary table or by ordering via email to [email protected]. All proceeds go to Rotary which supports local charitable projects as well as international initiatives such as the elimination of Polio and fostering World Peace.

Jul 022013

Michael Cox, 21, of New Haven ran a 5:23 mile in the Doc's Race 5k on Sunday.

Michael Cox, 21, of New Haven ran a 5:23 mile in the Doc’s Race 5k on Sunday.

On Sunday, 354 spirited die hard runners showed their love for the late George “Doc” Whitney by braving oppressive humidity and completing a the new Doc’s Race 5k.

Michael Cox, 21, of New Haven was the first place finisher with a time of 16:41. Elizabeth Fengler, 17, of  Wallingford was the first female across the finish line at 20:39.

Bill Tribou, 92, of Wallingford, who ran against Doc in that age category last January, finished with a time of 43:43.

Here are a few photos that best show the thrill of victory, and the agony of de heat — it was SO HUMID.

For more photos visit our Orange Live Facebook Page.




Sep 262012

The Orange Country Fair

Here is your opportunity to relive the wonders of the Orange Country Fair through the camera lens of our wonderful Amity Intern Lauren Ide.

Click HERE for the video.





Sep 152012

The Gagel Girls try thier hand out at the “two man saw” competition.

The Orange Country Fair is Going strong with perfect Fair Weather and lots of wonderful things for the entire family.

Here are a few photos from this morning’s events with more to come throughout the day and tomorrow.

Stop by and get your family photo taken. Visit the Coast Guard and get a reality check with the CT state police crash simulator. Everyone seems to enjoy the fire extinguisher simulator, try it out.

There’s so much to do and see. Come to the Fair!


Sep 152012

Rows of tractors always attract a crowd.

The Orange Fairgrounds were buzzing with activity for the past few days as tents, table, grills, signs and children’s activities went up.

The busiest time was Friday night, when crafty kids and adults, bakers and those with green thumbs arrived between 5:30 and 8 p.m. to drop off their entries for the numerous competitions that the fair offers.

For the first time ever, there was a competition on the lower fairgrounds on Friday night. Hundreds of people came to watch the truck pull while the smell of baked potatoes filled the air on the upper fairgrounds.

In the back of one of the halls, a group of residents gathered to judge a baking contest.

The fair opens Saturday morning with the Chip’s Pancake Breakfast followed by the opening ceremonies with the National Anthem being sung by Orange Resident Addie Robbins.

Looks like we are going to have FAIR Weather Too!

Check out the full schedule HERE.

In the meantime, get a kick out of these pre-fair photos.

Sep 142012

One of the cutest fair book covers ever.

The Orange Country Fair, held at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, Ct is one of the most popular agricultural fairs in the state, attracting guests from New York, Connecticut and other New England states.

All exhibits must be dropped off tonight between 5:30 and 8 p.m.
Something totally new is, while everyone is dropping off their entries on Friday night the first event will be going on in the lower fairgrounds.

The All Mighty Truck Pull begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

The Lower Fairgrounds Satellite Food Tent also opens at 6 p.m.

The 2012 Fair will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Along with the usual exhibits: the Civic Tent; plants and vegetables; arts; collections and photography; livestock; and farm museum.

Fair crowd pleasers like the tractor pull; women’s skillet toss; doodlebug contest; antique tractor pull; children’s pedal tractor pull; antique car show and hay bale toss all will be back.

To add to the excitement fair-goers can watch the pig races with host Bobby Fantarella and marvel at the skills of Orange Police Dog Maximus and several other area police K9s.

Entertainment: “Flashback” will perform on Saturday; Phil Rosenthol will perform traditional Blur Grass music with Banjo and Mandolin, and “The Navels” also will grace the stage.

Last year’s thriller Juggler/Unicyclist Bruce Sarafin will perform a 30 minute stage show then entertain around the fairgrounds all day on both Saturday and Sunday.

For the first time ever, there will be a truck pull on Friday night at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for seniors; children 15 and under free.

Free parking and shuttle provided. Pets are not allowed; also no alcohol.
Keep in mind there is no ATM onsite.he tradition continues at the 2012 Orange Country Fair.

Find the tent and country set up and get your free family photo, courtesy of Don Oliver Home Improvement.

Official Fair T-Shirts, Hats and Commemorative Items available at the Souvenir Tent and a commemorative poster with artwork by the late Jamie Hulley also will be sold.

Here is the Fair Schedule as it appears in the Fair Booklet:


6:00 p.m. All Mighty Truck Pull
6:00 p.m.

Lower Fairgrounds Satellite Food Tent Opens


8:00 a.m. Chip’s famous Pancake Breakfast – Main Food Pavilion

8:30 a.m. Garden Tractor Pull

10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies

11:00 a.m. Two Person Hand Saw Contest

11:00 a.m. Homing Pigeon Release

11:00 a.m. Oxen Draw

11:00 a.m. Live Music

1:00 p.m. Women’s Skillet Toss

1:00 p.m. Homing Pigeon Release

2:00 p.m. Magic & Juggling Show

3:00 p.m. Doodlebug Contest

3:00 p.m. Homing Pigeon Release

3:30 p.m. Live Music

7:00 p.m. Fair Closes


8:00 a.m. Chip’s famous Pancake Breakfast – Main Food Pavilion

9:00 a.m. Antique Tractor Pull

10:00 a.m. Antique Car Show

11:00 a.m. Horse Draw

11:00 a.m. Homing Pigeon Release

11:30 a.m. Pedal Tractor Pull

1:00 p.m. Men’s Hay Bale Toss (16 years & older)

1:00 p.m. Homing Pigeon Release

2:00 p.m. Live Music

3:00 p.m. Homing Pigeon Release

4:00 p.m. Live Music

6:00 p.m. Fair Closes


Chip’s famous pancake breakfast

Largest Snake & Reptile Exhibit in the East

Coast Guard Inflatable Craft and Boasting Safety Information on Saturday
Toddler Driving Contest

Fire Marshal’s Virtual Fire Extinguisher simulator
Birds of Prey 11:00, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00

Pig Races

Garden Club Demonstrations 2:00 & 3:00

Police Dog Demonstration Sunday, lower field 12:00 & 2:00