‘Famous BBQ,’ ‘Pocket Lady’
Shelburne Grange Fair set for Saturday
SHELBURNE (August 24, 2013) — Carter Vettori, 6, of Ashfield enjoys some chicken from the "Smith Family's Famous Barbecue" at the Shelburne Grange Fair held at the First Congregational Church in Shelburne on Saturday. Recorder/Trish Crapo Purchase photo reprints »
SHELBURNE (August 24, 2013) — A fairgoer examines handicrafts, including an American flag sewn from previous ribbons won at the Shelburne Grange Fair held at the First Congregational Church in Shelburne on Saturday. Recorder/Trish Crapo Purchase photo reprints »
SHELBURNE (August 24, 2013) — Murray Newton of Durham, CT, cuts a jigsaw puzzle at his booth at the Shelburne Grange Fair held at the First Congregational Church in Shelburne on Saturday. The event featured arts and crafts vendors, agricultural exhibits, food, music and other activities. Recorder/Trish Crapo Purchase photo reprints »
SHELBURNE — If you know “The Pocket Lady,” you probably already know about the Shelburne Grange Fair, which runs on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road.
The fair and parking are free. Fairgoers only pay for food, Flea Market and Craft Fair bargains, children’s games tickets, and an end-of-fair fundraising auction of fresh local produce, baked goods and other donated fair exhibits.
The Pocket Lady is actually Penny Novack of Shelburne, who has entertained at least three generations of children with the toys and other prizes she keeps in the many pockets of a big apron. Children with game tickets can pick an apron pocket and get a prize.
Paula Brault, who chairs this year’s fair, remembers visiting the Pocket Lady when Brault was a child and her parents, Laurel and Terry Dun, were chairing the Grange Fair. So does Brault’s daughter, Sarah, who is now in college.
Brault says the fair began as a flower show in the early 1940s and expanded into other venues over the past seven decades.
“It started out as the Shelburne Grange Flower Show,” she said. “It grew from there to more produce, fruits and vegetables. They started having some concessions in the afternoon, and then Sylvia and Bill Smith added Bill Smith’s Famous Chicken Barbecue.” Brault said the Smiths aren’t cooking this year, but have given the recipe to fair organizers, to keep up the tradition. The chicken barbecue is $11 for adults, $7 for children, with $1 off if the dinner is reserved before fair day.
The tag sale starts at 8 a.m.; the exhibit hall, food concessions, info and ticket booth all open at 9 a.m.
Brault said the exhibits are about two-thirds agriculture and one-third arts, needlework and crafts. “We’re attempting to do family displays this year, with multiple generations.” There are also youth exhibits, with every entrant under 8 years old getting a ribbon and cash prize, to encourage an entry. Youths 9 to 14 all get ribbons for their entries.
The children’s games are 10 to 11 a.m. and again from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Other activities include: “Ah ... Shucks,” a corn-husking contest, at 9:30 a.m., fire safety activities, performer Jody Scalise’s “Motion Man” at 11 a.m. and Pat and Tex LaMountain perform from noon to 1:30 p.m.; then Lenny Zarcone and Bill Shontz will play music from 1:30 to 2:30. Mad Science “Funtastic Forces,” at 2:30, teach children science with a performance that resembles a magic show, only the children get to find out what causes substances to change color, shape or go from a gas to a liquid.
At 4:30 p.m. the flowers, produce, baked goods and other donated entries are auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Grange.
You don’t have to be from Shelburne or from the Shelburne Grange to enter an exhibit. Exhibits may be pre-registered up until noon on Friday.
For more information, go to www.shelburnegrange.org.