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The countdown is on: Sandwich Fair begins this weekend


October 07, 2009
SANDWICH — Shut up food trailers and folded rides gathered in corners are a few indicators of the upcoming explosion of activity on the Sandwich Fairgrounds as the 99th Sandwich Fair will be in full swing this coming weekend.

The 99th Annual Sandwich Fair will take place Columbus Day Weekend from Oct. 10 through 12 at the Fairgrounds on the corner of Routes 113 and 109.

Festivities kick off on Friday, Oct. 9 with the midway preview from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., an event that has been taking place for the last few years and become popular with fair attendees.

The midway will open at 4 p.m., admission is free and people can ride every ride for a price of $10.

Exhibit halls will also open at 3 p.m. for the entry of exhibits in categories including arts and crafts, baked goods, 4-H exhibits, vegetables, and many others.

The official fair begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 with opening ceremonies taking place at the flagpole. Animal competitions will start at 9 a.m. and run through the rest of the day.

The antique automobile parade will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the midway and run down Route 109 and turn the fairground onto Squam Lake Road. It will then go to Church Street and turn up Route 113 before returning to Route 109 and going back to the midway.

Saturday will see performances by The Cloggers, Annie and the Orphans, Mo the Clown, the Lisa Young Band, B.J. Hickman's Magic Show, and a stage show by Art Harriman.

Gates will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11 with single horse twitch and gymkhana kicking off the day's animal events at 8:30 a.m.

The annual Kingswood-Kennett Woodsman's Field Day begins at 9 a.m. in the animal show ring.

The Grand Street Parade will start at 1 p.m. in front of the Quimby School Building. Local schools, organizations, and residents will gather to show their floats or march along with others. Floats will be judged for awards with prizes of up to $100 per award. This year's theme is "99 Years of Sandwich parades."

The parade will go from the Quimby Building down Church Street and onto Route 109. It will then go up Quimby Field Road and go through the fairgrounds before going on Squam Lake Road and returning to the Quimby Building.

On Sunday, performances will include Art Harriman's stage show, The Don Campbell Band, Mo the Clown, country singer Jillian Cardarelli, and Allejendro's Olde Tyme Majik Showe.

The last day of the fair is Monday, Oct. 12, with the gates opening at 8 a.m. and the oxen and steer show starting the animal demonstrations. Several 4-H animal shows will also start at 9 a.m. and run through the day.

On Monday there will be performances by Art Harriman, the Olde Tyme Radio Gang, Mo the Clown, Dan Butterworth and his Marionettes, and the 60's Invasion Band.

Baked goods will be auctioned off at 3:30 p.m. at the Vegetable Building. Exhibit buildings will close at 5 p.m., marking the end of the 2009 Sandwich Fair.

The fair is getting ready for its 100th year anniversary with a poster contest. The 100th Anniversary Poster Contest will seek posters marking the anniversary with the winner to be used to advertise the 2010 Sandwich Fair. For more information and entry forms, contact Elaine Peaslee at 476-5166 or email at dpealsee@myfairpoint.net or contact the fair office at 284-7062.

Martin Lord Osman
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