Sunday, October 5, 2014

So Many Fairs

I've been going to festivals and fairs this year like it's going out of style. Between 3 Brimfields, the Topsfield Fair, Colonial Fair, Boston Calling, the Salem Spice Festival, American Field, Octoberfest, Hemp Fest, and probably a few others I'm forgetting, I've been totally on top of the fair circuit. And why not? It's fun!

Below are some shots from the Topsfield Fair, which I attended yesterday, and the Colonial Fair of last weekend.

Topsfield
Every fall the Topsfield Fair takes over an open meadow about 45 minutes north of Boston. Today was my first time attending, and it was the typical country fair routine: farm animals, carnival games and rides, kettle corn, prize produce and flowers, fried dough, crafts. You know the drill. The highlights for me were holding a baby chick, eating my first pumpkin pie slice of the season, and watching the dock dog competition (Where dogs jump off a dock into a large tank and swim feverishly to catch a toy at the far end of the water. Endlessly adorable/entertaining). Per usual I was too busy gawking at everything to get many shots, but what I did get I'm sharing here!




Colonial Faire
My good friend Annie plays the fife and is a regular on the fife and drum muster circuit. Last weekend her corps performed at the historic Wayside Inn during the annual Colonial Faire, so I made the drive to see it because 1) first and foremost, I needed to meet Annie's new baby, June 2) I appreciate a good period costume event, and 3) There was good antiquing on the way to and from the fair. Baby June was the highlight and totally won me over, as all of our friends have told me she would. Who could resist this sweet, smiling face?



The setting was very fitting for a colonial fair, with historic buildings and performers in period garb marching to and fro.

I stuffed my face with kettle corn, perused the vendors, and snuggled baby June as much as possible. It was a great way to spend a Saturday! Next weekend I'm off to the Weston Craft Show to peruse the goods and say hello to my old weaving teacher who will have a booth there. Very much looking forward to that!

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