The 141st Deerfield Fair ran from Thursday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.
New England’s oldest “Family Fair,” as it is called by those who run the fair, draws more than 100,000 people each year to exhibitions, contests, vendors and amusement rides.
From the top of the Ferris wheel riders typically can see all the way to the edges of the fairgrounds where some visitors parked over half a mile away to have the opportunity to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds.
They can also look down on the arts and crafts building, a large white building with a black roof, which houses photo, drawings, paintings and more.
All of the works of art are judged and given awards for the public to view and enjoy. Top three in each class receive ribbons as well as prize money.
Other people were drawn to performances such as the one put on by the Flying Wallendas. At one point the show featured acrobats riding cycles across a tightrope high above the safety of the ground.
The crowd watched in awe as the Wallendas performed many breathtaking tricks.
Other featured acts included Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals, Wayne from Maine, Backyard Swagger, Corinne’s School of Dance, magician B.J. Hickman, Stuck in Time Band, Erinn Brown Band, The New Englanders Band, Hilton Park, Stelwagen Duo, R.D. King and Lizz and Friends, according to a schedule posted on the Deerfield Fair website.
Fair organizers listed the following strolling performers: Bryson Lang, Trevor the Juggler, I’m Not A Clown, Pirate Man Dan and the Moose Mountain Jazz Band.
Those acts performed on the opening day of the fair. Additional acts took the stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Fairgoers were also drawn to a variety of animal shows and judging, truck pulls, dancing and a demolition derby among other events.
Just looking down at the fairgrounds from the top of the Ferris wheel was thrilling. Masses of people on the ground appeared to be the size of ants.
Some waited to ride the “Tilt-a-Whirl” or to purchase tickets for the variety of rides available.
Many of the people in the group shown at left were waiting in line for their own ride to the top.
Food vendors also drew eager customers.
Coe-Brown senior Evan Tanguay waited all weekend to fill his stomach with an order of fried Oreos covered in powdered sugar (left).
By the end of the busy weekend the Oreo stand, which also sells fried ice cream, fried Twinkies and even fried pickles, was surrounded by empty bottles of oil as well as jugs of waste grease from the fryer.
Many fair weekends it has rained for one or more days, resulting in a significant decrease in income for stands such as this.
The owners did not need to worry about such an outcome this year. Rain only fell during the early hours of Saturday when there were not many visitors present anyway.
The other days of the fair were perfect with temperatures far above the season’s average. The high temperatures drew in many more people compared to some past years.
As a competitive high school runner, Tanguay waits all year for the fair to come around because it is one of a few days throughout the year where he has the chance to eat this much junk food.
He indulged in other treats such as jumbo donuts, apple crisp and fried dough throughout the day hoping that it would not affect his stomach during his run the next day.
This would be the only opportunity to have this many treats in one day for over a month until the fall cross country season concludes in late November and Thanksgiving presents the next chance to treat himself.
Tanguay was left with a hand print on the side of his head after his girlfriend, Sophie Laird, thought it would be funny to cover her hand in powdered sugar and give him a gentle pat.
The fried Oreos are so good that Tanguay’s mother even asked for him to buy extras to bring home.
Other customers purchased bottles of New Hampshire syrup from the “Sugar Shack.”
There fairgoers had the opportunity to taste a variety of maple treats such as maple cotton candy and maple candy as well as the chance to taste test multiple types of maple syrup.
Some of the buildings around the fairgrounds served as temporary homes to animals such as horses, pigs, chickens and cows.
Many of those who own stands at the fair or have animals competing or being shown at the fair use travel trailers as their weekend residences.
This allowed them to be significantly closer than if they were staying in the closest hotel which is still more than twenty minutes away from the fairgrounds.
Since the fair also opened at 8 a.m. and closed at 10 p.m., staying on site allowed these people to get a little more sleep over the course of the busy weekend.
All of the people who went to the fair Sunday seemed to leave at the same time.
Many were stuck in the same spot for close to an hour trying to get out of the parking log and onto the road home.
Some people were even seen getting out of their vehicles to stretch because the traffic was not moving.