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Old and New Attractions are a Hit at Mendon Country Fair

L to R: Kristin and Brooke Deorsey and Isabella Miller had some fun creating sand art at the fair.

A beautiful sunny day, combined with several new attractions made for a very successful Mendon Country Fair. The October 8 event, which was sponsored by the Lion's Club, took place on the grounds of the Mendon Country Gift Barn and has become a favorite annual event in town for more than 35 years.

"I came from Connecticut for this," said attendee Kerri Boucher, who used to live locally. "I wouldn't miss it."

One of the new attractions this year was motorcycle stunt rider Dan Duest from the organization Riding to Raise Money, out of Hopedale. Throughout the day, Duest entertained the crowd with his motorcycle stunts, some of which included riding his motorcycle backwards and on one wheel. Duest and his organization perform throughout New England and work with several local charities raising funds for them.

Another new addition to this year's fair was a pumpkin decorating and carving contest, which was sponsored by Dean Bank. Prizes were awarded to The Most Creative Carved Pumpkin and The Most Decorative Carved Pumpkin. See the list of winners in the Dean Bank Sponser Pumpkin Contest Story on page 23.

Still, all the old favorites were on hand again and continued to be part of the fun for families including an animal petting zoo, 4-H displays, tractor rides, sand art, face painting, and the Public Safety Department's Safety House. Charles River Bank, which abuts the fair grounds, also had a free jumpy house, pumpkin decorating, and refreshments.

The large turnout also kept vendors very happy. Danielle Mahoney from Shamrock Silkscreening from of Boston said her booth, which was selling sweatshirts, sunglasses, and hats, was very busy. "It's been nonstop all day long," she said. Other vendors sold everything from fall and holiday crafts, to clothing and toys.

Fair goers listened to the music of country band Durango Mango while enjoying something to eat from the Lions Food Court, which featured hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and pepper subs, French fries, fried dough, and cold drinks.

Entrance to the fair was free, however, attendees paid $3 to park their cars in adjacent lots near the Gift Barn. Members of the local Boy Scouts were on hand to help out. Money collected from the parking fees was divided between the Lions Club and the Boy Scouts.

In addition to the Lion's Club, other major sponsors included Imperial, Charles River Bank, ANP Blackstone Energy, Milford National Bank, Dean Bank, and Milford Federal Savings.

Dan Duest entertains the crowd with one of his

motorcycle stunts.


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