Once up a time the Essex County Fair was held in Elizabethtown, next to Riverside Cemetery. Hand Avenue was then called Fair Street. In the 1850s one of the farmers who brought his sheep to the Fair in E-town was none other than John Brown, the famous abolitionist. The Fair outgrew its Riverside location and moved to Westport in 1865. This year is the 163rd for the Essex County Fair, and most E-towners will make the trip to Westport, August 10-14. Many attractions have changed over the years, but there are still horse-pulling contests, and plenty of farm animals.
Despite the Westport location, Elizabethtown still plays an important roll in the County Fair. Bertha Rand, our Water Street neighbor, is secretary for the Essex County Agricultural Society, and she makes sure everything runs smoothly. 4H’ers Jenny McGinn & Jessie Spaulding will be showing their horseback riding skills in the ring, and Samatha & Cassidy Roy will give riding demonstrations on Ginger.
For 43 years the Elizabethtown Kiwanis have served their famous Bacon Burgers at the Fair. This year they’ve expanded their menu to include, pulled pork sandwiches made by Joanne Baldwin of the Deer’s Head, and strawberry shortcake dished out by Danielle Bikowitz. She will teach her fellow Kiwanians how to serve the strawberry dessert. Next to the Kiwanis booth is Bub’s, where Mike McCarroll will serve customers pizza, calzones, and knots.
The popular Rock n’ Roll Band, E’town Express, with Rob Pulsifer, will perform on Friday night at 7 p.m. Local musician Brent Vosburg will be strumming his guitar along the fairway, so stop by his booth and check out his CDs. The always popular, Egglefield Ford Demolition Derby, will be held on Saturday at noon and 5 p.m.
New this year is the Roll Over Contest on Wednesday at 6:00pm.
Rides are FREE once you pay the $10 admission. Wednesday and Thursday, Senior Citizens (over 60) get a $2 food coupon with each admission. Thursday evening (3 p.m.-9 p.m.) admission is $25 a carload, (everyone seat belted, of course).
If farm animals, wild rides and cotton candy are not for you, the Elizabethtown Kiwanis is holding the annual Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Cobble Hill Golf Course. Call 873-2520 or 873-9208 if you want to play.