Summer of 2012 Newsletter

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.

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