For being 150 years old, the Blandford Fair is in pretty good shape.
Despite a rain-out on Sunday afternoon, organizers called this year a success and they vow to return.
“It’s funny,” says Blandford Fair President Bruce Wyman. “People will say, ‘Is this your last year?’ You made it to 150, and the answer is no – it’s not the last year. Yes, we made it to 150, and we are going to be here for 151 plus.”
Events like the 10th-annual kiddie pedal tractor pull, livestock judging, music from the Dan Kane Singers and more keep the crowds coming year after year.
For Dave Mitchell of Becket and his granddaughter Terra Fiore, the fair offered a chance at some friendly competition as the two went head-to-head at the balloon water races on the midway. Terra, 9, proved to have the steadier hand and put a beating on her granddad.
There was Michelle Crane demonstrating the craft of rug hooking at the Blandford Spinning Guild booth. Eager to explain the techniques involved, she used her skills as a former news reporter to describe the process to fairgoers.
Wood carver Dave Conklin let his chainsaw do the talking as he worked on a large sculpture. He paused long enough to tease his afternoon project: carving a giant pumpkin that was on display next to his booth. Since it had a slight crack, the behemoth pumpkin couldn’t be entered into any contests, so the owner let Conklin have at it — with a warning that it might explode.
With the vow of Fair President Wyman to return, and the great crowds over the weekend, you might as well plan your Labor Day weekend for 2018. The place to be: the Blandford Fair’s 151st edition.