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‘Sandwich Fair’, New Hampshire, 2015: Will Feature ‘Annie and The Orphans’, Russell Roderick, ‘The Bel Airs’, ‘Don Campbell Band’ etc.

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Sandwich 2015 — schedule.

>> Sandwich 2014 — the Parade.
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Sandwich 2014 Roderick Russell.
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Sandwich Fair 2014 10 images.
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Sandwich Fair 2014 preview.

>> For pictures from Sandwich 2013.
>> Sandwich 2013 — Favorite Vendors.
>> Sandwich Fair 2012.

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The Sandwich Fair, N.H., 2015, full Schedule.

Good News: Our favorites ‘Annie and The Orphans‘ and Roderick Russell will BOTH, yet again, be at Sandwich. That is GREAT.

Bad News: They will NOT be performing on all three days or for that matter on the SAME day! So unless you go to the Fair on Sunday & Monday you will NOT be able to see both ‘Annie’ and Roderick. That is a bummer. I think it is poor scheduling. The much beloved ‘Annie and The Orphans’ should play ALL THREE days — like they used to in days gone by. They should be a staple. The anchor act.

The incomparable and ‘always a pleasure’, Art Harriman, will as ever be the MC, and will do his ‘show’, on a regular basis, i.e., at least twice a day, on all three days — Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Art, as the MC, is the only one who will be on stage all three days. Here is the list to help YOU decide when to go.

Saturday:

  1. Alex the Jester (x2)
  2. Joe Howard — Magician (x2)
  3. ‘The Peacheaters’ (x2)

Sunday:

  1. ‘The Bel Airs’ (x2)
  2. Roderick Russell — Sword Swallower & Mentalist (x2)
  3. ‘Don Campbell Band’

Monday:

  1. Annie and The Orphans‘ (x2)
  2. ‘American Roots’

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Sandwich, NH Fair 2013: Deals On Tickets & Rides.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Normal prices: Adults — $10, kids 8 – 12 — $3, Kids under 7 — Free.

Over 60 SENIOR SPECIAL on Monday, Oct. 14: $4! Yippee. We were going on Monday anyway and now I can get my senior discount.

Saturday, Oct. 12 rides special, 8 am to 2 pm: $20 for all rides. This is a good deal. We can’t make it this Saturday. Teischan has her Nutcracker Bon-Bon practice.

There is a Friday night, i.e., Oct. 11, 2013, RIDES ONLY special from 4 to 7 pm. $15 for all the rides. But the fair is NOT open.

So that is deal.

Sandwich, NH 2013 Fair: Saturday – Monday (Columbus Day) October 12 – 14, 2013. Mark It On Your Calendar. See YOU There.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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We will be there at some point. Not sure when. We as a family haven’t missed a Sandwich Fair in 10 years — and both Deanna and I used to go to the fair, independently, before we met. So we have a long family tradition at the Fair.

The kids are already talking about it.

My ‘buddy’ Roderick Russell, the amazing (very nice) sword swallower & mind reader is performing at noon & 2pm on Saturday, October 12. Know for a fact that we will not be there for that — Teischan has her first Nutcracker rehearsal at that time. So he will have to struggle through this year without my help, on stage, to entertain the crowds!

The antique auto parade is Saturday too at 1 pm.

The grand street parade is Sunday at 1pm. That is a spectacle.

Monday, Columbus Day, tends to be a mellow.

Prices $10 for adults, $3 for kids 8 – 12 same as last year.

My Sandwich ‘Buddy’ Roderick Russell’s New ‘Remarkably Human’ Web Initiative.

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>> Sandwich Fair, NH, October 6, 2012: We Went … — Oct. 6, 2012.
>> Sandwich Fair, NH, October 6, 2012: Some Pictures — Oct. 6, 2012.


Making Roderick look even better at Sandwich. Click to ENLARGE.

Making Roderick look even better at Sandwich. Click to ENLARGE.


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The new remarkable venture. Click to become a part of it.

The new remarkable venture. Click to become a part of it.


We got to see him at Sandwich Fair last October and were extremely impressed. Breathtaking show, extremely nice guy. He even put up with me on the stage, without once trying to run me through with his sword — as most others would have been tempted to do. There is even a comment on him on this blog.

Deanna, through his Facebook page, found out about this new venture. Looks very interesting. I am intrigued. Deanna, as ever, will keep me posted.

Once he is up and flying I might have to talk to him about some of my ‘befriending your brain‘ stuff. There is a connection. You can never aspire to be remarkable unless you have at least 70% cooperation from your brain.


Roderick Russell,

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Sandwich Fair, NH, Saturday, October 6, 2012: Some Pictures


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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1/ Sandwich Fair, NH, Saturday, October 6, 2012: We Went, We Had Fun, We Recommend — Oct. 6, 2012.
2/ Sandwich Fair, NH, 2012: This Columbus Day Weekend; Weather A Factor — Oct. 5, 2012.

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Sandwich Fair, NH, Saturday, October 6, 2012: We Went, We Had Fun, We Recommend.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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We got there about 9:40 am. The main, free car park on Bean Road/Squam Lake Road leading to Gate C was full. But, it wasn’t a problem. The auxiliary free car park, 200 yards down the road, was empty. That takes you via the quaint little “Murphy’s Bridge” to Gate E — and then straight to the Tractor Pull area. So we started by looking at some amazing antique cars, some old engines and 20 minutes of tractor pulls. That was good. Good way to start the show. Also a guy on stilts and Deanna and the kids love men on stilts. Growing up in Ceylon we would have men in stilts come by the house and do a performance for a few cents. I think it is a bygone era. Performers going door-to-door. We use to get snake charmers, fortune tellers and match makers, à la ‘Fiddler On The Roof’, too.

When we got to the Midway it was 11:20 and they were pushing the $15 ‘all-you-can-ride’ till 2pm bracelets. So I just ended up getting two for the kids and 6 additional tickets so that Deanna and I could go on the Ferris Wheel as we like to do as a family. So we did that. They were having a LOT of problems with the electric for the big rides. I had never thought about it. You can’t run the really big rides off an extension chord. They have huge power generating trucks around the Midway churning out the juice. But, they were having problems. ‘Air Force 1‘, the premier ride, was down for the count. Didn’t impact us greatly as Devanee won’t do it anymore after scaring herself to death on it a few years ago — when we took her and three other friends to the Fair for her birthday, on the birthday, October 10. They had a new ride, an UFO; a fast spinning UFOs with no openings or windows. Devanee, after a nervous first ride, did it twice more. Tesichan rode the carousel three or four times. They did the bumper cars. So I think we got our $30. Other than ‘Air Force 1’, as far as I could see, all the other rides, including the Ferris Wheel, were ‘3 tickets’ each. I think they have come down in tickets — possibly after seeing a drop in attendance when they jacked up prices.

We saw Roderick Russell, the mind reader and sword swallower at the stage. He was good. He said he was famous. I checked him out. He is. He was great. He was fun and yes, I got to get up on stage with him though he wouldn’t let me try swallowing his sword. I saw ‘Mo the Clown‘. I also saw and spoke briefly with Alex Ray of the ‘Common Man’ (who I have known since 1998). He was at his ‘distracted best‘. Enough said. 


Click to check out his Website and read about all his records and exploits. Nice young guy. I gave him some chocolates after the show. He was happy to get them, to sooth his throat.


The weather forecast I posted here was right. It was overcast from the beginning. We got two large showers, the first at 3:40 and the other around 5. Wasn’t a big deal for us. We ducked into the ‘Smith & Hodge Exhibit Halls‘ during the first downpour and the ‘Craft Building‘ for the second. Surprisingly neither was packed with people seeking shelter! For a start, it wasn’t that crowded to begin with, especially for a Saturday. I think many knew the forecast and decided to stay away. After the first shower the place was nearly empty. That was a shame. Felt bad for the vendors. By 5 a few of them were looking rather desperate. Then the sun did come out, but rain clouds threatened, all around. It was warm mid-day but after the rain it got noticeably cool. We all put on jackets.

The art show, as ever, was amazing. Love the quality of the photographs entered for the competition. Wow.

Definitely recommend that you try and get there Sunday or Monday. Good atmosphere. Great bonhomie. Everybody is friendly and is trying to have a good time.

Food prices were the same as last year. So that was two big contrasts with the 2012 Loon Highland Games; you didn’t feel that you were being mercilessly exploited at every turn and they had new things. Bravo.

Yes, we plan to go next year. [P.S., Sandwich, in a huge about-turn from years past, appears to have become a Democratic enclave. Not sure how that happened.]

Devanee playing field hockey with a pig. She, i.e., Devanee, won a pink ribbon for her efforts. We, however, didn’t get to bring one home.