Harmony Grange Agricultural Fair features contests, demonstrations, antique cars

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Maddie Ritter, left, and Jim Ritter attend the Harmony Grange Agricultural Fair Saturday.

MONROE, CT — The Monroe Harmony Grange held its annual Agricultural Fair on Saturday, Aug. 27. Fairgoers were treated to demonstrations from the Masuk Robotics Club, the Monroe Historical Society and Jim Ritter’s backyard solar energy demonstration, as well as antique cars and tractors.

Maddie Ritter won First Prize for her sunflower at the Harmony Grange Agricultural Fair Saturday.

Guardians Farm and Red Barn Crafts brought their wares, Dirt Road Dairy Farmers, a 4-H club, displayed goats and a beautiful jersey calf and there were numerous examples of chickens from Silkies to Heritage Breeds.

Highlights of the day, besides the fabulous food, like the delicious corn donated by Mason’s Farm was the Agricultural Judging and an Amateur Photo Contest.

The Agricultural competition was fierce. Judge Cynthia Giancaspro, a professional horticulturalist and owner of Garden-Pro, an agricultural consulting firm, said she had a tough time picking winners from all of the incredible entries.

There were many first prize winners, but ultimately it was James Rowe’s duck eggs that stole the show. Rowe, a Trumbull resident and student at Platt Technical High School, won First Prize for his duck eggs, which then went on to win “Best of Show”.

James Rowe, center, receives a first place ribbon for his entry of duck eggs in the agricultural competition during the Harmony Grange Agricultural Fair Saturday. He is flanked by judge, Cynthia Giancaspro, left, and Grange President Ron Bunovsky Sr.

The Amateur Photo Contest was judged by all of the fairgoers with photo entries from children as young as seven to adults.

Many hours of planning and preparation by grange members made the event possible The Harmony Grange’s mission is to provide community service relevant to local communities.

New members are welcome.

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