154th Children’s Fair – New Ipswich, NH

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Wonderful fair this year. Great seeing old friends from near (New Ipswich) and far (Alaska)

I’d like to thank my co-worker Angelika Weber for assisting me this year in the Garden Shop. I would also like to thank our local gardeners, Mason Brook Nursery, Mason Hollow Nursery and Amazing Flower Farm for their generous donations of flowers and plants that made our sale so successful.

Ready for business. Angelika Weber prepares for the day. Betsy Thoms stopped to survey the scene. Betsy was the former chairperson of the Garden Shop.
Datura
Many folks commented on our double flowering Datura, new for this year from Amazing Flower Farm.
Lisianthus
Another flower that garnered comment was the Lisianthus (Eustoma) a popular florist flower.
Red Pepper
Why shop at Market Basket when you can buy a pepper plant complete with a fully grown red pepper?
drone
Eyes in the sky. At first I thought I heard a large mosquito.
Tickets
Tickets? we have tickets.
Tickets
This is a serious expression.
Chicken BBQ
Chicken BBQ
Auction
A great choice of Auction Items this year, I’m still waiting for the call that I won 100 gallons of fuel oil. I’ll be waiting for a long while.
Robotics Club
Programming Lego robots
Robotics
4H Robotics Team
Snack Bar
The friendly snack bar team. Started the day with coffee and a donut.
Kewpie Dolls
A true treasure discovered at the White Elephant Sale
Mike Ordway
Mike Ordway performed for the Hay Ride participants.
It wouldn’t be a fair without some critters
goat
Don’t let them get your goat
pig
A face only a mother can love.
Small Horse
A choice of horse rides. This was the small one.
Belgian Horse
Some children chose the big horse, a Belgian. This breed stands between 16 and 17 hands.
Belgian Horse
Need some help getting down
Belgian Horse
The horse takes a glance at the rider
Newfoundland Dog
A Newfoundland dog attempts to stay cool in the shade
Yarn
Spinning wool yarn which is dyed with Kool-Aid.
Petting Zoo, a big hit with Ollie (in front)
Dan Grady's Marvelous Marionette Medley
These clowns lost their heads. Part of the Dan Grady Marvelous Marionette Medley, a fair tradition.
Dan Grady's Marvelous Marionette Medley
Watching the puppet show on the lawn
Dan Grady's Marvelous Marionette Medley
Dan takes his Marionettes into the audience to interact with the children. His dog puppet gets a hug.
twins
Twice the fun, this brother and sister may be the youngest people at the fair

At the end of the fair we were treated to an impromtu performance by Mike Ordway and his visitors.

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