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The Tractors Of Sandwich Fair (N.H.) 2019 — Sunday, October 13.

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I was going to say that liking tractors must be a male thing — until I realized, with a start, that I had noticed, that at least 40% of the participants in the tractor pull that I watched, around 4pm on Sunday, were females. So, I guess liking tractors cuts across the sexes. I have never owned a tractor per se. I owned, when I first came to the U.S. in 1985, a fairly big lawn-mower that had a pulling hitch — but it wasn’t really a tractor tractor. I really don’t have a use for one given that I don’t have the land. But, I do like to watch them — especially the old ones. Love their essential simplicity and how rugged they are. Anywho, I never visit Sandwich Fair (which is basically every year) without making a point of walking over to the tractor arena. Actually it is my favorite part. And yes, I also like to take pictures in that setting. Always a lot of color and raw excitement. Well, I wanted to share. Enjoy.


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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans — October 7, 2018, ‘Sandwich Fair’.

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sandwich fair horse rider Anura Guruge Sony a7 II


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The Tractors Of Sandwich Fair, 2017.

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I like to watch — and take pictures — of the tractors and tractor pull at Sandwich Fair. I love the whole scene: the sound, the smell, the action and above all the vivid colors. I can spend a lot of time hanging around the tractor arena. But, given that the girls are not that enamored with tractors my time tends to get rationed. I managed to spend about 30-minutes at the arena on Sunday. That was good. I managed to learn about the new pulling sled from a gentleman I was standing next to. That was good. It is always a bonus if I learn something new.

So enjoy these pictures.

Here are the pictures I posted yesterday of the new pulling sled. Click image to access that post.


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The New, High-Tech, Automated Tractor Pull Sled At Sandwich Fair (NH) 2017.

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I like watching and taking pictures of tractor pulls. I invariably try and make it to the tractor pull arena at Sandwich Fair if circumstances (i.e., ‘family’) permits. So, luckily, I did make it to the pull on Sunday — as you can see from the pictures.

The BIG, bright red sled was NEW. I had never seen one before. I checked my pictures from last year. I did NOT make it to the pull in 2016. I did in 2015. Checked my pictures. They didn’t have that sled in 2015. They were still using yellow sled with concrete blocks.

There was something different about this year’s pulls. The tractors would literally lose steam as they got further up the track. That didn’t make sense to me. You would have thought that momentum would help them. So, I had to ask somebody and luckily they knew. They told me about the magic of the new sled.

The pulling weight increases, automatically, as the pull progresses! Wow. Magic.

I had to come home and look it up. Here is a good YouTube video.


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


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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.