ESSEX JUNCTION – The 83rd annual Champlain Valley Fair had one its best seasons ever with 299,168 people – about 1,500 more than 2003 – coming through the gates during the annual 10-day fair, held Aug. 28 to Sept. 6. The slight increase in attendance was due, in part, to enjoying one of the Vermont summers longest stretches of sunny weather during the final week of the fair. From an informal survey of license plates on the grounds, visitors from 41 states and several Canadian provinces attended the fair. From the standpoint of operations and quality, this was an outstanding fair, said David F. Grimm, general manager of the Exposition. We had excellent diversity in our grandstand which accounted for a 15% improvement over 2003. We received many positive comments about the cleanliness of our grounds, the variety of entertainment and the improvements we added this year. The Fair hosted two sell-out concerts for country music superstars Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith. The Fair opened with the good vibes of The Beach Boys. Other concerts included local jam bands Strangefolk and The Samples; a rocking Friday night concert with ZZ Top and nostalgic 35th anniversary tour concert by classic rock band, Yes on the second Saturday night. The remainder of the midweek grandstand shows included a freestyle motorcycle thrill show, Figure 8 Racing, a Demolition Derby and NTPA Grand National Tractor and Truck Pull on Labor Day.The Reithoffers Midway featured 35 rides and many special ride and admission discounts over the 10 days.Free daily entertainment included a live bear show, butter sculpture, an aerial thrill show, a juggling family, hypnotist, caricature artist, racing pigs, petting zoo, musicians and an authentic cowboy chuck wagon. Some $75,000 in competition premiums and prize money was awarded during the fair. Significant increases in entries to the art and photography department were realized, including a Best of Show landscape oil painting which carried a record-setting price tag of $12,000. A heavyweight pumpkin record was set at 1,042-pound pumpkin (previous record: 1,036 pounds in 2003) and it was one of the big surprises in the agricultural area considering the wet summer in the region. More than 150 people, including Vt. Gov. James Douglas, were on hand to honor the 2004 inductees into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame at the Champlain Valley Exposition in a ceremony held during the Fair.International Association of Fairs and Expositions popular summer Read and Win program was offered locally to area youngsters, grades K 5 in five counties. Approximately 1,000 completed the assignment of reading three books over the summer and received free admission to the fair on Aug. 30. Significant improvements were made to the fairgrounds and facilities over the summer for this years fair including the addition of $350,000 three-lane paved road connecting Route 15 and Route 2 to Exposition parking areas; a complete renovation of the Ware Building, including heating and air conditioning for the exhibit hall; and general fix-up and repainting of buildings and landscaping. The 2005 Champlain Valley Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27 to Monday, Sept. 5. Photos from the 2004 Champlain Valley Fair are posted in day-by-day photo albums at www.cvfair.com(link is external), which also include information about the Expositions year-round calendar of events.
Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Bio Latest posts by admin (see all) Latest Posts Scores of youngsters turned out for recent Little League baseball and softball tryouts held by the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA in Ellsworth.Eager young faces watch closely as some of their colleagues are put through their paces during fielding and throwing exercises outside the Down East Family YMCA.—GREG TEHENNEPEScores of youngsters turned out for recent Little League baseball and softball tryouts held by the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA in Ellsworth.Boys and girls ages 7-12 will be assigned to a dozen Little League baseball and softball teams, and older youngsters will play on three Junior League teams and a Senior League entry.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe season will get under way on Saturday, April 25, with games scheduled two or three times a week at the DeMeyer Field complex.See more photos…For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015
Antonio Conte has a full squad to pick from for Chelsea’s crucial trip to face Everton on Super Sunday. The Blues play at Goodison Park in the first installment of Super Sunday before Premier League title rivals Tottenham take on north London rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane.Chelsea, who are four points clear of Spurs with five games remaining game, face arguably their toughest game of the run-in at Everton and Conte is not underestimating the Toffees pose.“Everton are a really good team, a strong team with great players in their squad, good quality. A physical team also,” said Conte. “They have a good manager and play exciting football. For sure it will be a really tough game for us but at the end of the season, I think every game becomes tough for many different reasons. “When they play at home they are strong. For us it is very important to look at ourselves, to prepare very well for this type of game.”Meanwhile, Everton manager Ronald Koeman has called on his side to refocus and finish the season strongly after a poor performance in a 0-0 draw with West Ham last weekend.“Maybe we need to change our mentality a bit because I felt a bit less intensity in the game last week, maybe a bit less motivation.Â It is always difficult if you have already the seventh position in the pocket and maybe they get a little bit more holiday or end-of-season feeling.“That is what I don’t like. We like to keep momentum at home, we are strong at home and we know what we need (to do) to face the best team of the Premier League.”Conte is expected to continue with his tried and tested regulars as his side edge ever close to the Premier League title, and that means Hazard and Costa look set to start.Chelsea have won 78 points from their 33 Premier League games so far. This is the eighth occasion that a side has won 78+ points from 33 games in the competition and half of those have been by Chelsea (Chelsea – four times, Manchester United – three times, Arsenal – once).Should Chelsea win their remaining five Premier League matches of the season, they will finish the campaign on 93 points. This would be the second-best points tally by a side in a Premier League season, after Chelsea in 2004-05 (95).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Arsenal legend, Martin Keown, has stoked the fire on the club’s transfer link with Atletico Madrid’ Thomas Partey.Partey has reportedly been on the books of the 13 time FA Cup champions for the past year.Mikel Arteta’s side are said to be keen on triggering the Ghana international’s €50 million release clause, after Partey reportedly turned down a contract extension from Atletico.According to Keown, the club is in desperate need of a physical presence in the middle of the park, something, in his opinion, they have lacked for over a decade.“Defensively we know there are a lot of problems. And the middle of the park, I don’t think we’ve really had a top midfield player so to speak, that can control things for us,” he told BT Sports.“Since the Vieira days, Gilberto Silva days. So let’s try and get a top midfield player into that position. I’m assuming that is what the club is working towards doing.”Partey has received a lot of praise for his performances for Atletico Madrid this season, and is rated as one of the best midfielders in the Spanish La Liga.