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The Marshfield Fair runs through Sunday. Daily admission is $8. Children 6 and younger will be admitted free. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005:

4-H Agricultural Awareness Day; 4-H activities all day at the 4-H ring and buildings

Noon - Creative scrapbooking with Lori Joyce
1 p.m. - Open poultry showmanship competition
4 p.m. - Sensational dahlias with Donna Lane
5 to 9 p.m. - Battle of the bands
6:30 p.m. - Demolition derby

Friday, Aug. 26:

Reduced admission for Marshfield residents from noon to 6 p.m.

Noon - Baskets with Patty Batson
1 p.m. - 4-H sheep achievement show
4 p.m. - Crank popcorn and garlic butter demonstration with Bob Hale
5 p.m. - 4-H dairy goat achievement show
5 to p.m. - Battle of the bands finals
6:30 p.m. - Demolition derby finals

Saturday, Aug. 27:

9:30 a.m. - Bird-carving contest
11 a.m. - 4-H beef achievement show
Noon - Food judging; antique appraisal with K. Longmore
1 to 5 p.m. - Farm draft horse show
2:30 p.m. - Oldies show with WATD’s Ed and George (Wing-It Band at 2:35; Tutti-Fruitties at 2:55; Kathy Young at 3:15; Chris Montez at 4:05)
4 p.m. - Make and take twig wreaths with Rick Madden ($5)
5 p.m. - 4-H horse achievement show
6:30 p.m. - Figure-8 racing championship
2:30 p.m. - Oldies show with WATD’s Ed and George (Wing-it Band at 6:30; Tutti-Fruitties at 6:50; Kathy Young at 7:10; Chris Montez at 7:55)
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

Sunday, Aug. 28:

Noon to 7:30 p.m. - Green Harbor Roots and Blues Festival, hosted by Liz Raven of WATD-FM (East of Autumn at noon; Rampage Trio at 1 with repeat performances at 2:30, 4, and 5:30; Lois Greco at 1:30; Clutch Grabwell at 3; Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble at 4:30; Iguanas at 6)
1 to 6 p.m. - Pony pull
2 p.m. - Spinning bee; monster trucks
4 p.m. - 4-H awards; herbal workshop on natural dyeing with Bob Hale
7 p.m. - Monster trucks

 

IT'S A SUMMER CELEBRATION

4-H member Anna Fredrickson, 9, of Wolfboro, N.H., brushes her cows at the 138th Marshfield Fair.

   
Amanda Parrow, 4, center, looks like she’s almost at Ferris-wheel altitude as she gives the Power Jump a try at the Marshfield Fair.

The sweet smells of cotton candy and fried dough mix with the salty aromas of sausages, peppers, onions and popcorn.

Carnival hawkers entice you to play their games.

“There’s two ways to win the big one!”

“Just a dollar!”

“Knock ‘em all down, win a prize!”

As you walk from one game booth to another and around the rest of the fairgrounds, the gentle sound of carousel music can be heard, even with the blare of Top 40 hits and high-pitched screams from children on daring rides.

Testing his target-shooting skill, Thomas Russo, 4, of Walpole takes aim at a water balloon, with dad Tom providing an assist.

Lynne Norton and her 3-year-old son, Cole, take a break in front of the haunted-house mural at the Marshfield Fair. The Nortons are from Rockland.

The sounds and smells of the Marshfield Fair trigger memories of childhood indulgences and fun.

The fair, now in its 138th year, runs through Sunday.

The fair has been operated by the Marshfield Agricultural and Horticultural Society since 1867 and boasts one of New England’s biggest mixes of arts and crafts exhibits, horticultural displays, and 4-H exhibits and competitions.

In the early days, the fair was a gathering place for local farmers. They showcased their crops and livestock, and shared tips on getting the most out of a piece of land.

On any given day during the fair, youngsters flock to the camel and pony rides, and laugh as they watch Granny’s Racing Pigs oink around a makeshift track.

Music lovers take in the battle of the bands.

For peace and quiet, fair-goers stroll through the horticultural exhibits to smell and observe the beautiful, colorful flower arrangements and admire local growers’ produce achievements.

Shoppers look for bargains in the craft booths. The creatively inclined learn how to weave baskets and carve wood.

For thousands of families, the Marshfield Fair is a summer tradition, one of the last opportunities before school starts to let loose and celebrate the summer season.

 

While you’re at the fair:

Check out the demolition derby at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow and Friday. The car competition is a free-for-all of smashes, crashes and mad dashes. The last car still running is the winner.

Take a walk through the horticultural exhibits and see the biggest sunflower, the longest zucchini and other things grown by local people with very green thumbs.

See how brave you are and ride the Skymaster. Sitting in two parallel cages, riders are catapulted on a wild upside-down-and-around ride.

Visit the 4-H Barn and see the livestock entered in various achievement shows.

Take a ride on the Ferris wheel. Is a trip to the fair really complete without one?
A view of the 138th Marshfield Fair from atop the Ferris wheel.

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