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Hillstown Grange Agricultural Fair Coming Sept. 9th

By Frank Forrest

  AUGUST 4, 2023 --

Hillstown Grange's 135th Agricultural Fair will be held on Saturday, September 9th, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Hillstown Grange is located at 617 Hills Street, East Hartford, since 1888.

Craft people, artists, gardeners, and cooks of all ages are encouraged to enter their best items to be judged for our fair.  Judged items may be awarded ribbons and cash prizes.  All entries must be brought to the Grange Hall Thursday, September 7th between 5 and 7 pm. and picked up between 1 and 2 pm on Saturday, September 9th.

Garden categories include vegetables, fruit, flowers, and our "Special Contests".  There is an adult and youth level Kitchen categories include baked goods, canned goods, jelly and jams.  We are the only local agricultural fair in the area for entries in the Connecticut State Fairs competitions and we had one winner going all the way to win the State title of 'best apple pie'.  Both at our fair and the State level is open to all with both an adult and a youth level.  Crafts, hobbies, and photos can be entered at adult and youth levels.  Please see our entry form for number of items needed to enter.  The Hillstown Grange Ag Fair program guide is available as a download on the Ag Fair section of our web site (http://www.hillstowngrange.org/grangeagfair.asp) or by contacting us.

Special Flower contest is most colorful Marigold bouquet, and our Special Vegetable contest is nicest looking collection of string beans on a 9-inch paper plate. 

Lunch is available with our famous grilled hot dogs and hamburgers topped with peppers and onions and will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting we will have indoor and outdoor seating for lunch.  Raffle numbers will be pulled at 2pm.  A farmer’s market and craft zone will be held outside weather permitting.  Free vendor spaces available.

The Hillstown Grange Fair is the Hartford area's closes Agricultural Fair, serving the towns of East Hartford, Glastonbury, and Manchester for 135 years, come and feel the history. 

Our parking lot is used for the Fair activities so all parking will be on-street parking.

The Grange is one of the oldest Agricultural and Community Service groups in the United States. 

For more information contact Dan Gallagher daninct@yahoo.com or Frank Forrest at hillstowngrange@aol.com or 860-690-2845.

For more information on Hillstown Grange, visit the Grange's website at www.HillstownGrange.org.

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