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Orange Eagle Scouts Making An Impression On the Orange Country Fair

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Sep 112016
 

country-fair-collageThere are several boy scout Eagle projects that can be seen around the Orange Country fair, including: the barn shaped ticket booth; many of the green benches; the security screening at the Youth displays, the photo display  walls, and the judging booth for the tractor pull events.

At this year’s Orange Country Fair, there are two more Eagle scout projects from Troop 925 that deal with the past and the future.

The project dealing with the past is Trevor Feldman’s project to create You Tube videos featuring local farmers explaining items in the farm museum. So bring your ipads and smart phones to take this video tour when you walk through the farm museum.

Joe Antaya’s Eagle scout project was to build 20 easels to raise awareness of organ donations. Most of these easels are being displayed at All Star driving school, but two of them will appear at town and school functions. The two easels will be on display at the Orange police tent. Designating yourself as an organ donor today can save lives in the future.

A Few Important Details About the Orange Country Fair

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Sep 072016
 

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Can you believe it — The Orange Country Fair is almost here!

The fair will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds at High Plains, 525 Orange Center Road with a truck pull and contest entry drop-off between 5:30 and 8 p.m. (Exhibits must be left in place until 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016.)

Friday, September 16, 2016
6:00 PM  –  Truck Pull until Finish
Free Entry on Friday Only
Free Parking
Pets Not Allowed  –  Alcohol Not Allowed on Grounds
ATMs Available – Located at the Main Food Area and at the Satellite Food Tent

Saturday, September 17, 2016
8:00 AM  –  7:00 PM
$8.00 Adults, $5.00 Senior Citizens, Children 15 and under Free. Active Military Admission $5.00 w/ID
Free Parking  –  Free Shuttle
Pets Not Allowed  –  Alcohol Not Allowed on Grounds
ATMs Available – Located at the Main Food Area and at the Satellite Food Tent

Saturday’s Schedule of Events

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. Oxen Draw, Musical Entertainment

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

2:00 p.m. Children’s Entertainment

3:00 p.m. Doodlebug Contest, Homing Pigeon Release

3:30 p.m. Musical Entertainment

7:00 p.m. Fair Closes
Sunday, September 18, 2016
8:00 AM  –  6:00 PM
$8.00 Adults, $5.00 Senior Citizens, Children 15 and under Free. Active Military Admission $5.00 w/ID
Free Parking  –  Free Shuttle
Pets Not Allowed  –  Alcohol Not Allowed on Grounds
ATMs Available – Located at the Main Food Area and at the Satellite Food Tent
Exhibits removed on Sunday at 6:00 PM

Sunday’s Schedule of Events

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, Homing Pigeon Release

11:30 a.m. Pedal Tractor Pull

1:00 p.m. Women’s Skillet Toss,  Homing Pigeon Release

2:30 p.m. Musical Entertainment

3:00 p.m. Homing Pigeon Release

4:00 p.m. Musical Entertainment

6:00 p.m. Fair Closes

Special features on Saturday and Sunday

• Chip’s famous pancake breakfast

• Toddler Driving Contest

• Birds of Prey 11:00, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00

• Pig Races

• Garden Club Demonstration 2:00 both days

Today’s Orange Country Fair Schedule (Saturday’s Photos)

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Sep 202015
 

Orange K-9 Loki Shows his skills during Saturday's Fair.

Orange K-9 Loki Shows his skills during Saturday’s Fair.

It’s finally here, The Orange Country Fair at the Orange Fairgrounds 525 Orange Center Road. (See Schedule Below).

The Orange Police Dogs will be showcased in a demonstration on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Upper Field.  On Sunday, Trent and his handler Officer Mary Bernegger will showcase their skills along with teams from around the region.

If you haven’t already met them, come to the Orange Police tent and see these highly trained K-9s and learn what they are doing for the town of Orange.

On Sunday, Connecticut’s own Rum Runners Band will entertain on the main stage at 2 p.m.

Also on Sunday, the Magic and Comedy of Bill Hoagland at 12 p.m. — “One of Magic’s Finest Examples of a Magician. Combined with His Charisma and Intuitive Connection To His Audience, He Draws Everyone Into His Show, Young and Old Alike.”

The Orange Recycling Committee will have a booth in the civic tent. They ask that everyone remember to use the recycling bins to dispose of bottles and cans. “Please don’t throw garbage in the recycling bins and don’t throw your recyclables in the trash.”

HOURS and Admission
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

Sunday, September 20, 2015

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
Homing Pigeon Release
11:30 a.m. Pedal Tractor Pull
12:00 p.m. “The Magic and Comedy of Bill Hoagland”

1:00 p.m. Orange Police Dog Demonstration – Upper Field
1:00 p.m. Men’s Haybale Toss – Upper Field
Homing Pigeon Release
2:30 p.m. Musical Entertainment
3:00 p.m. Homing Pigeon Release
4:00 p.m. Musical Entertainment

SPECIAL FEATURES
•• Chip’s famous pancake breakfast
•• Toddler Driving Contest
•• Birds of Prey 11:00, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00
•• Pig Races
•• Garden Club Demonstration 2:00
6:00 p.m. Fair Closes

Exhibits removed on Sunday at 6:00 PM

 

Find all the information you need about the fair at the Orange Country Fair Website.

Photos From Saturday

 

Orange Police Out In Force This Weekend

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Sep 182015
 

IMG_1655A Notice From The Orange Police Department: 

The Orange Police will be out in force at this weekends Orange Agricultural Fair.

No, we are not expecting trouble. It is an opportunity to showcase our programs and our people.

On Saturday, the Orange K-9 Team of Officer Chris Brown and K-9 Loki will showcase their skills along with teams from around the region.

On Sunday, Officer Mary Bernegger and K-9 Trent will demonstrate his narcotic detection skills!

The Regional Special Response Team will have their armored “Bearcat” both Saturday and Sunday. D.A.R.E. Officer Bobby Amarone will have plenty of giveaways for the kids and Daren the Lion may make an appearance!

The Department Motorcycle and ATV will be on hand as well. Stop by and say hello…just look for the flashing lights!!!

Got Fair Entries? Don’t Forget To Bring Them In Tonight

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Sep 182015
 

file photo from 2013

file photo from 2013

All exhibits and small animals (rabbits, chicken, gerbils) will be brought to the Orange Country Fair grounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, today, Friday, Sept. 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

No exhibits except livestock (goats, sheep, dairy and beef) will be accepted after 8 p.m. Friday.

Click HERE to see the Fair Booklet.

No Farmers’ Market Today (Sept. 17)

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Sep 172015
 

farmers' marketThe Orange Community Farmers’ Market will be on hiatus this week to make room for the annual Orange Country Fair.

The vendors will return too the Pavilion on Thursday, Sept. 24 and continue every Thursday through October.

This weekend enjoy one of the town’s most time honored traditions, the Orange Country Fair, on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Hi Ho, Come To The Fair!

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Sep 162015
 

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 10.02.01 AMThe Orange Country Fair is this weekend (Sept. 19-20). Fair booklets are available at Town Hall, Library, and High Plains Community Center.

The Orange Police Dogs will be showcased in a demonstration on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Upper Field. This is a good time for everyone to meet Loki and handler Officer Chris Brown and Trent and his handler Officer Mary Bernegger if you haven’t already, and see what these highly trained K-9s can do for the town of Orange.

Saturday’s headline musical performer is the Shari Puorto Band, a blues band that travels the entire country whose lead singer, an Orange native, will remind you of Janis Joplin. They grace the stage at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, Connecticut’s own Rum Runners Band will entertain on the main stage at 2 p.m.

Also on Sunday, the Magic and Comedy of Bill Hoagland at 12 p.m. — “One of Magic’s Finest Examples of a Magician. Combined with His Charisma and Intuitive Connection To His Audience, He Draws Everyone Into His Show, Young and Old Alike.”

HOURS and Admission

Friday, September 18, 2015
6:00 PM  –  Truck Pull until Finish
Free Entry on Friday Only
Free Parking
Pets Not Allowed  –  Alcohol Not Allowed on Grounds
No ATM onsite

Saturday, September 19, 2015
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!

Sunday, September 20, 2015
8:00 AM  –  6:00 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

Exhibits removed on Sunday at 6:00 PM

Volunteer help

Help is needed in the Food Pavilion & Satellite Tent, Admission Booths, Grounds Keeping & in the Exhibition Hall. Contact Fair Co-chairman Karen McCausland at karenm68@yahoo.com if you would like to volunteer some time.

Find all the information you need about the fair at the Orange Country Fair Website.

Country Fair — North American Birds of Prey: from the smallest to some of the largest

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Sep 082015
 

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©2012 Alex Iannelli

©2012 Alex Iannelli

The Orange Land Trust has invited WINGMASTERS’ Julie Collier to present another of her captivating Birds of Prey programs at the Orange Country Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 19th. and 20th. This presentation, featuring live raptors, from the adorable Saw-whet Owl to the some of the largest, centers around the birds found in our region of eastern North America.

Birds of prey, also known as raptors, are hunting birds characterized by hooked beaks and powerful grabbing feet armed with sharp talons (the word raptor comes from a Latin word that means “to seize”). Raptors also boast the best eyesight and the sharpest hearing in the animal kingdom.

Raptors include eagles, hawks, falcons and owls, and this presentation, gives an overview of these different categories. We will gain an understanding of predation, the birds’ place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world. Because many birds of prey are declining in number, this presentation also features one or more endangered raptors, and explains why these species face an uncertain future.

WINGMASTERS is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of North American birds of prey. Julie Anne Collier and Jim Parks are both licensed raptor rehabilitators based in Massachusetts. Together they care for injured birds of prey with the goal of ultimately releasing them back into the wild. In cases where the birds are left permanently handicapped, Julie and Jim are further licensed to provide a home for these non-releasable raptors, and to use them for educational programs.

The Orange Country Fair is held at the Fairgrounds on Orange Center Road. Each day there will be four half-hour presentations on the hour – at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.    

Collier has been our guest at the Fair for several years. “One of the reasons I like working with Land Trusts is that the biggest problem to these birds is loss of habitat, and Land Trusts work to preserve open space much needed by so many birds.” She is concerned about the fragmentation of forests and destruction of remaining open space areas by development.

The citizens of the Town of Orange have done much to provide excellent habitat for a wide variety of birds and other wildlife through the preservation of natural open space, including the former Hubble property now known as the Turkey Hill Preserve, along with other areas managed by the Orange Land Trust and the Orange Conservation Commission for protection, preservation and passive use.

As usual, the Orange Land Trust will have its own tent. Stop by to view the free programs, get information on walking and hiking areas in the Town of Orange, and see the photography display.  There will be pen and ink note cards designed and drawn by Michael O’Bymachow, and tee-shirts featuring a bird of prey drawn by Julie Collier. Proceeds will benefit the OLT. 

Collier will have for sale suitable-for-framing art prints of the birds. These sales will benefit her Educational Raptor Center and her special work with endangered species and preparing them for release into the wild.     

The Orange Land Trust is a private nonprofit, volunteer organization that is dedicated to preserving natural resources and open space in the Town of Orange. New members are always welcome. Membership registration forms will be available at the tent!

For information, call Chris at 203-397-7599.

Photo Credit: ©2012 Alex Iannelli

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You may contact me at: Chris Shaw, Orange Land Trust, Publicity

phone: 203.397.7599 or email: cshaw@snet.net with OLT Orange Country Fair in subject line

Visit the American Legion Post 127 Booth at the Orange Country Fair

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Aug 102015
 

post 127The American Legion Post 127 of Orange will have a booth in the Civic Tent at the Orange Country Fair this year.

Come learn exactly what these veterans and their families do for the town and surrounding communities.
Also see the fun events held at the Legion that are open to all.
This is a great opportunity to apply to be a member of the Legion or the Women’s Auxiliary.

VIDEO: Community Ice Bucket Challenge At The Orange Country Fair

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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.