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An Orange Tradition: Model Train Show On Sunday

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Oct 062018
 

It’s always nice to see the wonder in children’s eyes as the train roars by.

The 26th Annual New Haven & Derby Model Railroad Club’s annual model train show will take place at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission (donation): Adults (over 18)-$5, Teens (12-18 with paying adult)-$1, Children under 12-Free.

The building is air-conditioned, is wheelchair accessible and there is ample free parking on the grounds.

A snack bar will be set up and a train ride is scheduled to be on site. Whatever railroad related item you’re looking for, you should be able to find it. Friendly club members will be available to answer your questions and point you to the appropriate vendor if need be. 

Two huge rooms will house the vendor tables, and several gauges of model trains will be running elsewhere in the building. (Due to construction at High Plains, be prepared for some changes in the layout of this year’s show.}

24th Annual Model Train Show On Oct. 9

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Oct 092016
 

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-11-06-15-pmIf you’ve lived in Orange for a long time, you are most likely familiar with the New Haven and Derby Railroad Club Model Train Show at High Plains Community Center.

The club is hosting its 24th annual Model Train Show at the Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Parking is still free and admission is still family friendly and affordable at $5 for adults (18 and older), $1 for teens (12-18 accompanied by an adult, under 12 admitted free. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

The show features “N”, “HO”, and “G” gauge operating layouts in separate rooms for everyone’s viewing. There will also be “kid friendly” “S” gauge and “T” track layouts, 90-100 dealer tables with merchandise of all types for every gauge in both the gym and cafeteria.

Club members will be available to answer any questions you may have and help direct you to the appropriate vendors. Food service will be available.

 

Here It Is, Carnival Day: Everything You Need To Know

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Aug 012015
 

carnival 2015The Orange Volunteer Fire Department has been working on the 2015 carnival since the day after the 2014 carnival ended.

Parking and admission are always free.

It takes a lot of planning to keep such a big operation rolling every year, keeping the public interested in coming and finding volunteer non-firefighters  willing to help in the food tent and pitch in at various games around the fairgrounds.

Denise Mirto sent a shout-out for food tent volunteers more than a month ago and has been successful, but she can still use a few extra hands on Saturday day and night and Sunday.

Under the Raffle Tent you will find many familiar faces, selectmen, various committee and board members and residents who come back year after year and donate their time to the fire department, just as the firefighters donate their time to the town every hour of every day.

Several years ago, First Selectman Jim Zeoli called the Carnival the “cheapest fire insurance that an Orange Resident can have.”

“If every household spent a couple hundred bucks at the carnival, it is the cheapest insurance they can have for fire service,” Zeoli said. “If we had a paid Fire Department it would cost us millions of dollars every year.”

Did you know?

There are many rides, games, and food options at the carnival, and everyone has their favorite, but did you know that the Fire Department only benefits from the proceeds at the games and food that they run?

The games are the Frog Bog, Dunk Tank, High Striker, Speedball and Blower ball – the little game of chance next to the raffle tent. The 50/50 raffle benefits both the civilian winner and the fire department, who split the pot a couple of times a day.

The main food tent (under the pavilion) and the satellite food tent straight up the aisle next to the fence on Orange Center Road also are Fire Department run.

Of course, you can’t beat $5 for a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 10 great prizes, including a $5,000, $4,000, or $2,000 Visa Gift Card, $1,200 Gift Certificate from Diamond Designs, Apple iPad WiFi 16 GB from Best Buy, or one of the gift cards from Chip’s, Trader Joes, Knights Inc or Ben’s Service Center. And finally, there’s the Tickets to New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament.

Rides

Pick up Advanced Online Ride Bracelets at the Main Raffle Booth
Photo ID and signature are required at pickup

• Children must be at least 3’ tall to ride any ride

Advanced online purchase ride bracelets may be used during one of the following periods:
Thursday 5-11 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday Matinee 12 to 5 p.m., Saturday evening, 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Also, if you didn’t get your on line wristbands on time, the firefighters offer a special at carnival ride bracelet special for $28.

Ride bracelets purchase at the carnival ticket booths may be used during one of the following periods:
Saturday Matinee noon to 5 p.m. or Sunday Family Fun Day from noon to 5 p.m.
And Don’t Forget
The Carnival Spectacular Fireworks Displays on Friday at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:45 p.m.As always, there is a Free raffle for Children 12 and younger on Saturday, during the matinee
Children 12 years and younger can register at the main raffle booth to win free prizes. (must be present)

Schedule

Thursday – 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.

 

After a little rain forecast between 4-8 tonight, the weather is supposed to be great all weekend so, come on down and support your Volunteer Fire Department.

Orange Country Fair: Sunday Schedule of Events

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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 

Orange Country Fair: Saturday Schedule, The Marvelous Mutts Are Back

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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.