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I grew up in the small shoreline town of Guilford, Connecticut. Every year we looked forward to the Guilford Fair. It used to be held on the Guilford Green and the town schools were closed the Friday of fair weekend. It was started as an agricultural fair and people would come from all over to exhibit their fresh fruits & vegetables and exhibit their prized animals.Guilford Fair

 

The Guilford Fair has since been moved to a dedicated fair ground and has expanded to include numerous rides, food booths and entertainment! The fair may have changed location but it is still a fun old time town fair.Guilford Fair

 

Two weeks ago we had the opportunity to be in town for my husbands 40th high school reunion. The reunion coincided with the Guilford Fair. Both my husband and I grew up in the same town and we looked forward to returning to Guilford, both for the reunion and the fair.Guilford Fair

 

When we were in high school each class was responsible for a class float, which would be in the parade. All summer the classes would work on their float hoping to be the best. The reunion committee decided the class should have a float this year. Since the class of 1976 was a bicentennial year the float was decorated with red, white and blue. Judging from the smiles on the float everyone had a blast.Guilford Fair

 

After the parade we spent time exploring the fair. I love watching the horse pulls and the oxen pulls. Amazing how well these teams of horses work together.old time town fair

 

The tents of fruits and vegetables are another favorite.Guilford Fair This year there didn’t seem to be as many vegetables on display.Guilford Fair However the displays were just beautiful.Guilford Fair It was nice to see the exhibit of canning.Guilford Fair If I still lived in town I think I would have to enter some of my preserves!

 

It was so much fun to be back in our hometown and enjoying the fair with our friends. I enjoyed it as much this year as I had as a kid.

4 comments on “Guilford Fair: An Old Time Town Fair

Sherry Legan on September 28, 2016 6:53 pm

Oh how fun. I loved the apple display. And seeing the horses! Well I loved it all.
It was Fabulous. I love that word. I hope you’ll come over and link your Fabulous post at the party!
Its here:
http://mychristmasjourney.blogspot.com/2016/09/fall-party-link-up-4.html
Happy Fall.

Nancy Wolff on September 28, 2016 6:55 pm

Be happy to link up to your party!

Vickie on September 28, 2016 10:52 pm

Looks like a good time was had by all! Our high school did very similar floats for our football homecoming parade. I graduated in 1975, so I guess this was the thing to do at that time! I used to attend our county fair, and I even entered some of my canning (I won a sweepstakes award and a Ball Canning Award one year), but when the fair started to charge a fee to enter each jar, I stopped. Not only was I going to have to pay for a ribbon, but the food in the jar was lost also! Not worth it to me. ;( Oh well. Thanks for the pictures!

Nancy Wolff on September 29, 2016 11:09 am

Vickie,
Interesting policy on having to pay to enter each jar, I’m not sure what the policy is for the Guilford Fair. Anyway glad you enjoyed the photos!

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