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Duck Race Rescheduled! August 25th at Noon.

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

The Third Annual Friends of the Fair Duck Race will take place Sunday, August 25th at noon. Join us at the river on the Fair Grounds for all of the excitement and fabulous prizes! Cash prizes are $250, $100, $75, and $50. Gift cards and other goodies too. Proceeds from the Duck Race support the handicapped shuttle during the fair and this year, restoration of the Antique Hill log cabin chimney. Your support is greatly appreciated. Tickets are still available from any Board member.

2013 Annual Meeting and Duck Race!

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

The 2013 Friends of the Tunbridge World’s Fair Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2013. We will meet in the Pavilion building on the Fairgrounds this year.
A potluck luncheon will be served at 11:30 am with beverages provided. Please bring a guest, a place setting, and a dish to share.
The business meeting will start at 12:30 pm and is open to all, but dues must be current to vote. Agenda includes Officers’ reports, Board elections and Project updates. Board seats are available, so bring your ideas!
Our third annual Duck Race will begin at 1:30 pm with the “launching” of the ducks in the First Branch at the Mill Bridge. The finish line will be on the Fairgrounds near the ox barns. There will be cash prizes of $250, $100, and $75, as well as many wonderful donated gifts that will awarded to the first several ducks to cross the finish line. Funds will be used for the handicapped shuttle and the restoration of the chimney in the Log Cabin on Antiques Hill. We wish to thank the Royalton Civic Club’s generous donation in 2011 which allows us to own the ducks and institute this annual event.
Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and can be purchased from any Friends of the Tunbridge Fair Board member.

Summer of 2012 Newsletter

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

The 2011 Tunbridge Worlds Fair had a great turnout in spite of Hurricane Irene. Permanent signage, recognizing contributions for the new foot bridge, was put in place for the 2011 Fair. Also two new portable bleachers were purchased by the Friends with another one through a private donation and all were used during the Fair. We thank you for your past support.

In 2012 the Friends have two projects underway.

  • A replica of an antique ice cream maker (5 gal) will be mounted on old wagon wheels and powered by gasoline. This is expected to be ready for this years Fair and will be located on Antique Hill.. Stop by for some homemade ice cream.
  • The original Orange County Fair advertising banner, approximately 7’ X 5’ and dated 1858, has been conserved and will be displayed in the barn on Antique Hill (center doorway). Originally the Fair location alternated between Chelsea & Bradford. In 1867 the Fair moved to Tunbridge. The banner was donated by the Chelsea Historical society. Be sure to visit.

Tax Deductible contributions to help with these projects may be made to FTWF Inc. PO Box 159 Tunbridge VT 05077 or via our website.

On Saturday, May 12th, the third annual Fairground Community Work-Bee was held. Tasks included painting, log cabin inventory and building a ramp. Lunch was provided by the UAS.

At the Tunbridge Memorial Day Celebration the Friends sold Duck Race tickets near the plant sale, library and on the fairgrounds. The Board Members of the Friends marched in the parade with an enthusiastic duck. Tickets continue to be available from board members.

Sunday July 29th at 11:30 AM is our 6th Annual FTWF Meeting and 2nd Annual Duck Race on the Fairgrounds. We begin with a potluck lunch. (Beverages are provided, please bring your own place settings.) Following lunch there will be a brief business meeting to review the past year and brainstorm activities for 2013. After the meeting the 2nd Annual Duck Race will take place to benefit projects of the FTWF. Tickets for the race are $5 each or 5 for $20 and may be purchased from any FTWF board members and the South Royalton Co-op through Sue Cain. Please mark your calendars for the 29th, bring a friend and a dish to share along with your ideas.

September 13 – 16th The 141st Tunbridge Worlds Fair. The Friends will again coordinate the Handicap Shuttle (originating from the south gate). Gifford Memorial Hospital is again sponsoring one golf cart. The FTWF are seeking a sponsor for the second cart. This service is staffed by volunteers, Friends and community members.

Annual Dues ($25) are payable on or before July 29 2012 (6th Annual Meeting & Duck Race). Payment allows voting privileges and discounted season pass or a free one day pass to the Fair. Life time or Heritage memberships of $1000 can be purchased over a 3 year period and are entitled to 2 free season passes. Please contact John Holder (889-3792) no later than Sept 1st in order to insure receipt prior to the Fair. (This program is not handled by the Fair office and is only available through the Friends of the Fair.) Dues can be sent to:

    Friends of the Fair, Inc
    PO Box 159
    Tunbridge VT 05077

FTWF board meetings are generally the 1st Wednesday of the month. We urge interested members to consider joining the board.

President: Deb Mullen, VP: Margaret Rogers, Secretary: Bridgett Taylor, Treasurer: John Holder,
Sue Cain, Dave Smith, Cynthia Masterman, Jena Young, and Liason: Chris Howe.

We extend our sympathies and a heart felt Thank You to Anne Comstock and family for designating the FTWF for memorial contributions for Merritt Comstock.

Summer of 2012 News

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

The Friends of the Tunbridge world’s Fair will hold their sixth annual meeting Sunday, July 29th at the Dodge-Gilman Building on the fairgrounds. Members and other interested parties are invited to attend the traditional potluck gathering at 11:30 am. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share and a place setting. Beverages will be provided.

The Business meeting will commence at 12:30, with a review of the past years activities. It is an opportunity to hear about this year’s project, a gas engine operated ice cream maker. Election of officers will take place. We have 2 open seats for election and could use some new members. All members are eligible to participate and vote but annual dues ($25.00) must be paid in advance of the business meeting.

We will adjourn promptly to enjoy the Second Annual Duck Race at the beach by the cattle barns. This family-fun event benefits our handicapped shuttle program during the Fair. Ducks will be available that day, $5.00 each or 5 ducks for $20.00. Tickets are available from TFWF Board members and from Sue Cain at the South Royalton Market. Again, we thank the Royalton Civics Club for helping us establish this event. Prizes include cash, gift certificates and baskets from local business. Please join us for a great potluck followed by a half hour of fun.

Proposed Moveable Bleacher Fundraiser

Friday, June 17th, 2011

The Friends of the Tunbridge Fair are trying to raise $4500 for a new portable metal bleachers that seat 70 people. Bleachers are needed at various popular venues during The Fair and other events. The idea of portable units that could be placed and moved around safely and easily really appealed to everyone.

The UAS Board has budgeted for one unit and the moveable hitch asked the Friends to underwrite the cost of the second unit. At least one other Vermont fair placed an order and combining our order will reduce the shipping costs and ensure the additional seating is available for use this year.

If you can help, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. Check out the “donate” section of the website to either donate securely online or find out how to make a donation by mail. Thank you!

Questions can be directed to Nancy Howe at 889-3750 in the evenings.

2010 Annual Meeting

Friday, July 9th, 2010

The 2010 Friends of the Tunbridge World’s Fair Annual meeting will be held on Sunday, July 25, 2010.

A Potluck Dinner will be served at noon with beverages provided.  Please bring a guest, a place setting and a dish to share.

The Business Meeting will start at 1pm and is open to all, but dues must be current to vote.  Agenda includes Officer’s reports, Board elections and Project updates.  Board seats available, so bring your ideas!

Please be advised that half-priced Season Tickets ($15) will again be available for 2010 Friends of the Tunbridge World’s Fair members.  To ensure receipt orders are required by September 5, 2010.

Proposed Seasonal Footbridge Fundraiser

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

The Friends of the Tunbridge Fair are trying to raise $28,500 for a new metal, telescoping bridge to replace the older wooden one that is structurally unsound and in need of expensive repairs.  The new bridge will be wide enough for small motorized carts to travel across and will greatly improve access to parking and open up camping space, which is attractive to non-Fair events that continue to be an important revenue source.

If you can help, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. Questions can be directed to Nancy Howe at 889-3750 in the evenings.

Ice on the Fairgrounds

Saturday, February 27th, 2010
Ice on Fairgrounds

Ice on Fairgrounds

We’ve had an interesting non-winter except for the floods of ice that did some damage to the fairgrounds.

Your Dues are Due!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Don’t forget, if your dues aren’t paid in full you’ll miss out on our great raffle basket and your tickets to the Fair. For your convenience you can also securely pay your dues at our website.

The Fair is Coming!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

If you’re coming to the Fair this year, let us know by September 1 and we’ll send you your free one-day pass to the Fair.

Friends members are also eligible for a four-day “season pass” to the Fair for only $15 — that’s half price! Please contact us by September 1 to make arrangements. For either ‘deal,’ you can also call Nancy Howe evenings at 802-889-3750.