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Danbury residents salute their favorite sports at annual Grange Fair



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Teammates Jaxon, Ciara and Aria, a.k.a. "The Bowties," tested out the equipment before the annual Danbury Grange Fair bed race got underway last Saturday. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
September 12, 2018
DANBURY – Last Saturday, people filled North Street in Danbury for the annual Grange Fair, a more than 100-year tradition in the town where live music, games, agriculture displays, craft vendors and lots of great food could be found.

This year's parade theme was "Favorite Sports," and when the procession got underway, the crowd enjoyed floats that displayed a wide assortment of sports and paid tribute to favorite teams, most especially the Red Sox. Huntoon Farm had a cute parade entry with a double entendre to its theme, "Field of Dreams," while one local church acknowledged the age-old Red Sox. vs. Yankee rivalry. Ragged Mt. Bible Church had young athletes on board their float and encouraged everyone to "Always Play Fair" and another float proclaimed that everyone will hit a Grand Slam at the Danbury Country Store. Even horses ridden along the parade route, technically a sport in its own right, had professional team logos painted on their hindquarters.

Musical entertainment for the morning was provided by Lindsey Schust & the Ragged Mountain Band and while some sat down to enjoy their classic country songs, other listened as they shopped the craft booths or looked over the Danbury Grows agricultural exhibits.

Children of all ages, including adults, also had fun with a number of challenging games available and three kiddie pools filled with soapy water had many people creating huge bubbles that filled the air throughout the day.

There were dozens of silent auction items up for bid along with raffles for other great prizes, including a raffle sponsored by the Danbury Fire Department to benefit their annual fall turkey dinner.

At 1 p.m., the famed bed races got underway and there was also an afternoon visit from Wildlife Encounters where everyone was invited to see and learn more about some unique animals and reptiles. Other daytime activities were the annual Baby Contest, a horse shoe tournament, and of course, lots of great food to eat courtesy of the Andover Lions Club and Danbury Grange.

In the evening, people gathered for the annual Ham & Bean Supper, which was followed by more live music from Cardigan Mountain Tradition. The busy day finally wrapped up with a live auction for all types of donated goods that included household items, tools and antiques.

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