…by Anura Guruge
>> Sandwich Fair, Saturday, October 8, 2011 — Oct. 11, 2011.
The ‘Sandwich Fair‘ is another of our ‘without fail every year‘, annual family events alongside Chinese New Year, Laconia Multicultural Day, Loon Highland Games, Manchester Ringling Bros. circus, Apple picking etc. etc. This is not the biggest fair in NH, but it is renowned for being the ‘most fun for the family‘. We can concur that, unconditionally. The kids always have a great time.
We have gone rain and shine; this being Deanna’s favorite event. In 2006 it had rained so much that they couldn’t use the field that they normally use for parking. It was muddy. They allowed you to park on the side of the road and walk. We did that. On the other hand, we have been there more than once when the temperature, mid-afternoon, soared into the mid 70s. I still remember that there were times I took off my shirt and walked around bare chested. So, as with anything in NH, weather is a factor and can depend. I have been checking the long range forecast for Sandwich all week. Saturday looks to be warm, ~68F, but with a very high probability of rain. There is also a chance of rain on Sunday but the odds are lower.
The antique car parade, invariably with Richard Burton in attendance, is on Saturday, at 1pm. We like the parade. So that is always a good reason to pick Saturday. You can also get the ‘all you can ride band’ on Saturday, 8 am to 2pm. This has not been an issue over the last few years. The kids seem to have had their fill of rides. They seem quite relieved just to do 5 rides; the carousel always a must for Teischan. So, I now just get a sheet of tickets.
Entrance is $10 for adults and $3 for kids 8 to 12. Seniors get a discount Monday.
The fair is open tonight, Friday night — albeit just for rides. The 3 proper days for it are: Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day Monday, October 6, 7 & 8, 2012.
We tend to spend a lot of time around the performance stage area. The kids like it and ‘Mo the Clown’ is close by — and Deanna loves Mo the Clown. The food we get varies. I invariably get the apple crisp. Deanna likes soup in a bread bowl. I end up with something savory.
In the past we haven’t spent too much time watching the various ‘pulls’. The kids haven’t had the patience. I think we might watch some of them this year.