CHESTER – Saturday, Sept. 7, is Town Fair day, and through the efforts of the Chester Recreation Commission and a group of volunteers, it should be a great time for the family.
The town fair committee has been working over the last few months to bring back an old-time flavor to the fair, and has family games, competitions and attractions to keep visitors busy all day.
And there will be plenty of food, crafts and other vendors at the town ballfields next to Chester Academy.
According to recreation director Sharon Mulrennan, the community has come together to put on the fair, and volunteers have come up with a variety of good ideas. The aim from the start was to make it a busy event filled with old favorites and some activities that may have been overlooked for a few years.
There will be many field games throughout the day Saturday, including kids’ races and games, tug of war, and a “wife carry” that will pit couples against each other in a spouse-carrying obstacle course. Included also will be three-legged races, an egg toss and sack races.
Also on hand will be a dunk tank run by Chester Soccer, pony rides by the Senator Bell Farm, a bouncy house sponsored by Livestone Church, and hay rides from Maggie Mae Farm, run out of Spring Hill Farm.
A timber sports demonstration and a “touch a truck” event are featured this year as well, and the fire department will have its smoke house outside for visitors. Karaoke and live musical entertainment are also on the list for the day.
New this year will be pie-baking contests, both an apple and an “open” category. Pies must be delivered by 12:30 p.m. to be judged. Only 30 entrants will be allowed. In another pie-related event, the sign-up for a pie eating contest is at noon. Many town groups will be taking part in the fair, from the American Legion to the Lions.
The Chester Agricultural Commission has taken a lead in the day as well, and will be sponsoring two events sure to be crowd pleasers. With the help of Bob Pepper’s jersey cow Matilda, cow plop bingo will make its reappearance. Attendees can choose from 400 squares on the bingo board and cross their fingers that Matilda chooses their space to fertilize. Square costs are two for $5 or five for $10, with a 50/50 raffle at stake – 50 percent to the winner and 50 percent to help run an agricultural education program in conjunction with the Chester Public Library.
Also run by the Agricultural Commission will be a flower arrangement competition and a contest to see who has the cutest and the ugliest chickens in Chester. Chickens should be dropped off at 10 a.m. at the ballfields. Awards will be announced at 2 p.m.
The fair will kick off at the ballfields after the parade, which begins at 11:30 a.m.
After a break in the evening, Scarab, a Journey cover band, will play starting at 7:30 p.m. The day will end with fireworks at 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.chesternh.org.