Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Harwinton Fair

Fair Season in the Norwest Corner continues with The Harwinton Fair held the first weekend of October at the Harwinton Fairgrounds
October 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2015
Freebie Friday! 

 Come join us on Friday evening until 9pm!!!

Fair Hours are

Friday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
For a full schedule of events, exhibitions and more, please go to

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How To Clean Your Outdoor Furniture

As the summer comes to an end, it means we need to clean and store our outdoor furniture. Clean furniture is happy furniture! Proper cleaning and storage will add years to the life of your furniture.  Below are some great cleaning tips from Apartment Therapy

Plastic Furniture: Wash with three tablespoons of powdered laundry detergent (or oxygenated bleach such as OxyClean) mixed in a gallon of warm water. If you've got a persistent stain, try a baking soda + water paste or a magic eraser- but avoid using bleach. If you've exhausted all methods and your furniture still isn't clean, you might want to consider a fresh coat of paint.

Wood Furniture: If you haven't covered it or stored it indoors, there's a good chance it's faded, dry, and dirty. Try a mild oil-based soap and a sponge with a scrubby green side to get some of the grime off. If it's teak, make sure you've dried it thoroughly and then add some teak oil to add shine and depth to the grain of the wood.

Umbrellas: Wash with a sponge dipped in a bucket of warm water and mild laundry detergent. Use a soft bristled brush to work off tough stains and be sure to clean off bird poop as soon as you spot it. Allow the umbrella to dry with the canopy open to prevent it from mildewing.

Cushions: Mix a solution of 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent, 1 quart warm water, and 1 tablespoon borax and let it sit on the fabric for a couple of minutes. Wipe, rinse with your hose, and allow to dry in the sun.

Aluminum: Use diluted dish soap and scrub with a sponge, being sure not to scratch the surface! To remove existing scratches, try using Soft Scrub. Rinse well with a hose.

Wrought Iron: Use diluted dishwashing detergent to wash and rinse off with a hose. If it has started to rust, sand it down and seal with spray paint, or consider having it powder coated.

Wicker/Bamboo/Rattan. Vacuum or brush off the surface with an old paint brush to remove as much dust as you possibly can. Dilute a few squirts of a mild dish soap in a bucket of warm water and wipe down the furniture with a damp rag. Rinse with a damp sponge, immediately dry with a cloth. Unpainted furniture can be rubbed with linseed oil to give it a natural, warm look. When applying oil to your furniture, be sure to wipe off all excess oil and give it a few days before sitting on it so it has a chance to dry completely.

Concrete: If you have the poured slab furniture that's been so popular recently, rent a pressure washer and blast all the grime off.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Bethlehem Fair

The Bethlehem Fair will be held September 11th, 12th and 13th at the Bethlehem Fairgrounds, Rt. 61 Bethlehem,. CT

2015 Schedule 
   5:00 pm                          Gates open.  Exhibit barns open
                                 Cruise Night – 50’s, 60’s and 70’s  Car Show
                                 Bracelet Night - Amusement Rides
   6:30 pm                          High School Timber Team Demo
   7:00 pm                          Pony Draw
                                 No Big Deal –Main Stage
  10:00 pm                         Gates close.  Exhibit barns close

  8:00 am                           Gates open.  Exhibit barns open
  9:00 am                           Junior Dairy Show
10:00 am                           Oxen Show followed by Oxen Draw
11:00 am                           Chime In! Music with A Mission-Handbell Choir-Main Stage
                                          Antique Tractor Pull
12:00 noon                        Woodchopping Contest
  1:00 pm                           Ct Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers – Main Stage
  2:00 pm & 4:00 pm         Jedlie’s Magic Circus - North Stage
  4:00 pm                           Farmer’s Night Out – South Ring
                                          Larry Ayce Band  - Main Stage
  5:00 pm                           New England Fried Dough Eating Contest-Woodchopping Area
                                          Eran Troy Danner & Marty Q  - Main Stage
  7:00                                 The Conspiracy W/Special Guests -North Stage
  8:00 pm                           John Cafferty & Beaver Brown Band -Main Stage –
  9:00 pm                           Gates close. Exhibit barns close.
 8:00 am                            Gates open. Exhibit barns open.                                     
 9:00 am                            Open Horse Show and Gymkhana
                                          Mini-Horse Drawing in Main Ring
10:00 am                           Hollerin’ Contest - North Stage
10:30 am                           Stock Garden Tractor Pull
                                          Junior Beef Cattle Show
11:00 am                           Horse Drawing in the Main Ring
                                          Young Brothers – Country & Classic rock - Main Stage
12:00 noon                        Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull – North Stage Area
                                          Woodchopping Contest
  2:00 pm                           Agri-Olympics – Main Stage Area
  3:00 pm                           Kidz Town Rock – North Stage        
  5:30 pm                           Gates  close. Exhibit barns close.                                   

ALL THREE DAYS: Mother Goose Barnyard, Antique Tractors,  Farmer’s Market,  Photography Show, Realism Art Show, Youth Club Displays, Scarecrow Contest, Commercial Exhibits, Amusement Rides, Midway, Food.

EXHIBITS:  Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, Baking, Needlework, Canning, Dairy Products, Honey & Maple Syrup, Candy, Junior and Youth Exhibits, School Art, Youth Art, Adult Hobbies,
LIVESTOCK EXHIBITS:  Junior Beef, Junior Dairy, Rabbits & Cavies, Poultry, Sheep
CHILDRENS ENTERTAINMENT: Kidz Town Band, Dimples the Clown, Children’s Pedal Tractor.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Goshen Fair

A Goshen Tradition Continues!
September 4th, 5th and 6th- Always Labor Day Weekend

The 103rd Goshen Fair will feature Soul Sound Revue, King Kountry, A-Ray of Elvis, Apricot Brandy, Fireworks, and the Muttville Comix.
  • New additions for 2015 are Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures and Magic of Christopher on the Children’s Stage, and The Zolla Boys on the Main Stage.
  • The Giant Pumpkin Department is growing pumpkins again this year near the north side of the Antique Barn. Please check our facebook page for updates!
  • Due to lack of participation, the Draft Horse Show has been cancelled.
  • The Adult Spelling Bee will return on Monday.
  • Hay Bale Toss
  • Skillet Toss
  • Frozen Tee Shirt Contest
  • Pie Eating Contest     

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8am - 9pm, and Monday 8am - 6pm.

No ALCOHOLIC Beverages Brought In
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