PHOTOS: 140th annual Deerfield Fair

  • Shelby Hicks of Dresden, Maine, competes in the 4.5 and under chainsaw event at the Deerfield Fair. Photos by ELODIE REED / Monitor staff

  • Dick and Pauline Hoh of Methuen, Mass., look at braided rugs at the Deerfield Fair Thursday while volunteer Wendy Boucher sits at the display. ELODIE REED—Monitor staff

  • Geese look out from their cages in the poultry house Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 at the opening day of the Deerfield Fair. ELODIE REED—Monitor staff

  • White Bearded Silkie chickens sit in the poultry house at the Deerfield Fair Thursday. ELODIE REED—Monitor staff

  • Cows hang out in the barn as visitors pass through at the Deerfield Fair on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. ELODIE REED—Monitor staff

  • Heather Young of Half Pint Farm in Candia gets up close and personal as she trims the face of one of her sheep.

  • Eliana Currier, 3, of Northwood, holds on to her Elmo balloon at the Deerfield Fair Thursday. ELODIE REED—Monitor staff

Published: 10/1/2016 12:28:07 AM
Modified: 10/1/2016 12:27:38 AM

At least for the first day of the 140th annual Deerfield Fair, the sky was a crisp, autumnal cool blue.

Entering by the sheep-herding pen, fair-goers may have stopped by the chainsaw competition, where women stepped up to their blocks of wood to test their skills.

In the silence before the “go!” of the announcer, one man yelled, “Pull it like you mean it!”

As morning stretched into afternoon, more crowds trickled along the cement pathways between fried dough vendors, the animal barns, rides, concession buildings and event arenas.

A crowd “oohed” and “ahhed” at the small piglets in the swine barn, while others packed the stands for the horse pulling competition.

There, Ruthann Durgin of Deerfield walked around the dirt stadium, explaining that her daughter made for the sixth generation of her family competing in, running and announcing the horse pull.

“It’s all family,” she said. “Huge family for us.”


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