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Sep 222014
 

Park & Rec's Chris Small takes one or the team.

Park & Rec’s Chris Small takes one or the team.

In case you missed the Community Ice Bucket Challenge at the Orange Country Fair on Saturday, here is a VIDEO of (most of) the event that Mike Muttit videotaped for Orange Live while I took photos.

One by one, starting with Orange Volunteer Firefighters Cristin and Logan, people stepped up to have a bucket of ice water dumped on his or her head in front of the gazebo.

While this was going on, two young ladies walked around and collected money to be donated to Orange resident Mike Mizzone, the father of several children, who recently was diagnosed with ALS.

NOTE: Vin Marino, who spearheaded the fundraising effort said $1,278.92 was raised at the fair.  So Far, he’s taken in $4,100 in the past week since he began raising money, and an additional $1,500 has been pledged for the cause. 

“Thank you to everyone that participated,” Marino said. “If you would still like to send a donation, checks in any amount should be made payable to SOARING and mailed to 657 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477.”

Cristen Lohrenz was the first to get the Ice water.

Cristen Lohrenz was the first to get the Ice water.

Sep 212014
 

IMG_1066Don’t worry about the early morning rainfall or getting soggy feet, the activities at the Orange Country Fair will go on.

Remember about 5 years ago when it rained both days, that didn’t stop the fair folks from opening.

So come on,  wear the right footwear and get ready to have a full day of country fair fun. Admire the arts and crafts and beautiful photo displays, watch tiny chicks hatch in an incubator and pet the cute baby animals.

There’s so much to do at the fair. Stop by and see everything it has to offer.

Sep 202014
 

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Here is today’s schedule of events for the Orange Country Fair. It’s supposed to be another beautiful day. Come on down and enjoy the sights.


8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
$8.00 Adults, $5.00 Senior Citizens, Children 15 and under Free
Free Parking  -  Free Shuttle
Pets Not Allowed  -  Alcohol Not Allowed on Grounds
No ATM onsite

Exhibits removed on Sunday at 6:00 PM

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

8:00 Chip’s Pancake Breakfast – Food Pavilion
9:00 Antique Tractor Pull – Pulling Area
10:00 Antique Car Show – Front of Fairgrounds 
10:30 Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
11:00 Horse Draw – Lower Field
Homing Pigeon Release – Pigeon Tent
Birds of Prey – Upper Field
11:30 Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull – Upper Field
Noon Marvelous Mutts Demonstration – Lower Field
Birds of Prey – Upper Field
12:30 Pork Chop Pig Racine – Lower field
Fritzy Brothers “One Man Circus” – Gazebo
1:00 Men’s Hay Bale Toss (16+ years old) – Lower Field
Homing Pigeon Release – Pigeon Tent
Birds of Prey – Upper Field
2:00 Marvelous Mutts Demonstration – Lower Field
Birds of Prey – Upper Field
Garden Club: “Herbs In The Garden”-Nancy Mellone
2:30 Live Music: “The Tax Men” Gazebo
Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
3:00 Homing Pigeon Release – Pigeon Tent 
4:00 Marvelous Mutts Demonstration – Lower Field
4:30 Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
6:00 Fair closes 

Sep 192014
 

9-8-2011 1-24-47 PMThe Orange Country Fair takes place on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, this weekend.

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.

Here is the schedule for  SATURDAY, SEPT. 20

8:00 AM  -  7:00 PM
$8.00 Adults, $5.00 Senior Citizens, Children 15 and under Free
Free Parking  -  Free Shuttle
Pets Not Allowed  -  Alcohol Not Allowed on Grounds
No ATM onsite
**Purchase a Two Day Ticket on Saturday for only $15.00!


8:00 Chip’s Pancake Breakfast-Food Pavilion
8:30 Garden Tractor Pull – Pulling Area
10:00 Opening Ceremonies – Gazebo 
10:30 Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field 
11:00 Two Person Hand Saw Contest – Upper Field
Homing Pigeon Release – Pigeon Tent
Oxen Draw – Lower Field
Noon Marvelous Mutts Demonstration – Lower Field
12:30 Pork Chop Pig Racing-Lower Field
Fritzy Brothers “One Man Circus”” – Gazebo
Birds of Prey – Upper Field
1:00 Women’s Skillet Toss -Upper Field
Homing Pigeon Release – Pigeon Tent 
2:00 Marvelous Mutts – Lower Field
Garden Club “Growing Orchids”-Tony Ho-Flower Tent
2:30 Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
3:00 Doodlebug Contest – Pulling Area
Homing Pigeon Release – Pigeon Tent
3:30 “5 In The Chamber” (blue grass band)- Gazebo
4:00 Marvelous Mutts – Lower Field
4:30 Pork Chop Pig Racing

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.

 

 

 

Sep 192014
 

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The pre-fair schedule for tonight is as follows:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

5:30-8 p.m. Exhibit drop-off on the upper fairgrounds

6:00 p.m. All Mighty Truck Pull

6:00 p.m. Lower Fairgrounds Satellite Food Tent Opens

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:

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