Tavistock Fall Fair– another year of agricultural pursuits and learning

September 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm Leave a comment

This past weekend the Tavistock Agricultural Society put on its annual Fall Fair. It truly is an agricultural fair, but there is more. Along with exhibits of corn, vegetables and grains, there’s room for handiwork such as knitting, quilting, sewing, fine art and children’s creations with Lego, drawing. And wait, there’s photos and scrapbooking exhibits as well. I remember checking the exhibits to see how my work had fared for prizes, as well as the 4-H displays by our Girl’s club and other organizations.


IMG230 a prize-winning basket of veggies



IMG231 Display by the Horticultural Society


IMG236Historical Society, recognizing the Guide and Scout movement. There was even a Brownie uniform just like the one our daughters wore for a time, but not the newer Alfred Sung uniforms for the Guides and Brownies.


IMG232 Photos by local businesses for dressed-up window display, where Quehl’s took first place.


IMG234Prize-winning photos of animals and clouds here. Glad I wasn’t the judge. It would have been hard to select.





Rider preparing for the Hunter and Jumper show in the ring


IMG247The midway and rides for  the kids and adults alike. I wonder how many times this dragon went around the track. I did miss the merry-go-round, conspicuous by its absence. I hadn’t seen the ferris wheel that day, but if  you look toward the back of the picture near the silos, it’s there.


IMG251Art by  the school children on this year’s theme– take a guess what it was this year


IMG252giant beets and good-looking cucumbers



Newly crowned Fair Ambassador, Derika Nauta, says to my great niece, “In 16 years you can take my place.”


IMG2544-H displays


…and a unit I wished we had taken, by the Hickson club

But if you thought that’s all there was, as if that weren’t enough, we had the church booth, Optimists selling sausage on a bun, and other  commercial displays. And wait.., another important part. The twelfth annual Silent Auction.



All sorts of household  goods and gifts to bid on



a baby quilt that I didn’t quite get (by Quilters of the Renaissance). Think they would make another one? But my bid was successful on a fleece baby blanket made by Joan Ferguson.

IMG229a contribution for a new writer



and a round of applause for Kim Urlando who took over the organization of the auction seven years ago, along with her partner, Barry Klein, who gives up the garage for weeks to store the items until set-up day.

Come the end of the fair they’ve logged a lot of volunteer hours. It can’t be done alone. Kim says, “I have the best committee at the fair!! “



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