Big beef at the Big E

CN-MR-4-BigEby Laura Rodley

The long-awaited Big E in Springfield, MA has been bustling with people. As of Sept. 21, exactly 813,719 people had entered the gates so far, organizers say.

The fair extended from Sept. 12-28, with exhibits such as the chick hatchery, where people watched chicks hatch behind a glass enclosure, or goat milking demonstrations by Dan Reynolds of The Reynolds Barn of North Kinstown, RI. Reynolds has been a Big E participant for 12 years, and selling goat soap there for two years. “I enjoy meeting different people. I got to teach a blind man how to milk a goat. It’s not every day you get to do that. It was a fair highlight,” he said. [Read more…]

The Hebron Harvest Fair

CN-MR-4-Hebron2by George Looby

What started out many years ago as a small community fair has grown into an important annual autumn event in Connecticut. The Hebron Lions Club is the driving force behind the Hebron Harvest Fair, which is probably one of the largest events managed by any Lions Club in the state. The Lions Club recruits volunteers from throughout the community, making it a true all-town production. In keeping with the spirit of Lionism worldwide, proceeds in excess of expenses are donated to a variety of worthy activities throughout the area. [Read more…]

Bee Tree Trail Percherons

CM-MR-3-Percheron405by Bill and Mary Weaver

Dave and Susie Rohrbach have built their life-long passion for horses into a highly successful — if unusual — business that allows them to spend their time doing what they love. They have been successful because they understand that for many people, special events can be enhanced by the addition of horses. [Read more…]

Mohawk River Watershed Coalition reports on watershed issues affecting 14 counties

CE-MR-3-Watershed Coalition1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

All of Montgomery County, most of Schoharie County and parts of Albany, Delaware, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Otsego, Saratoga and Schenectady counties in New York State are affected by the Mohawk River Watershed. The Schoharie Reservoir, which is one of the reservoirs that supplies water to New York City, is also within this watershed.

Severe flooding throughout the watershed over the past few years has caused deep concern for the communities affected and, as a result, a group of concerned citizens joined together to form the Mohawk River Watershed Coalition (MRWC). [Read more…]

The Woodstock Fair

CN-MR-4-Woodstock4by George Looby, DVM

Each year, in the days and weeks leading up to Labor Day weekend, the town of Woodstock, CT springs to life in preparation for the annual Woodstock Agricultural Fair. The 2014 fair opened on Friday, Aug. 29 and closed on the evening of Monday, Sept. 1. The estimated attendance was 150,000.

The Woodstock Agricultural Fair is presented by the Woodstock Agricultural Society. It is a New England Country Fair in every sense of the word, featuring all levels of poultry and livestock competition, an excellent horse show, competition among both hobby and commercial fruit and vegetable growers and a host of other competitions. [Read more…]