Everyone pulled together like a well-tuned orchestra to deliver a fabulous 50th Suffield on the Green and Craft Fair! Crowds came out in droves, happy to see this tradition continue. Once again, Suffield Music presented a variety of music to entertain fair goers. The crowds found all the traditional favorite foods, and fair fun was further spiced up with the addition of volleyball, balloon twisting and an Interactive Circus all weekend:
Speaking of new, we had many new talented artisans who clearly made great use of their time at home due to Covid, including two shown on page 16: Johnny Balsamo showing off his necklaces, also a Suffield Cadet, and Alexandra Makkonen showing her natural historical hand-dyed yarns. The 350th committee helped to keep everyone extra safe this year. If you stepped off the main path, you got locked up in the 350th Committee’s stock or pillory, as Mike Dukette and Leslie Marx learned. Warning: the pillory is very uncomfortable, even for a minute!
Dogs of all sizes and types came out and capitalized on their talents at my personal favorite, the Canine Contest. Piper, a 4-year old Portuguese water dog, shown by Amelia Shanks, won Best in Show. There was a lot of hooting and hollering for Rocky, who won the People Choice Award. Kona Bleu had the best Sit & Stay, Koko had the Best Smile, Lucia was Biggest, Olive Stella was the Best Kisser, Sophie was Friendliest, Logan was Smallest, Gidget Ohana had the Best Costume as a Pumpkin Puppiccino from Starbucks, Callee did the Best Trick with a perfect series of frisbee catching, Charly was Most Unique with a big fluffy head of hair, Gus brought his soccer crew out with him to win Best Owner Look Alike. There were toys and other fun prizes for all dogs and their doggie friends.
Special thanks to all our community volunteers and organizations who helped make this event such a success. Friends of Suffield may have organized it, but you made it all possible. Remember to support our generous sponsors so they continue to support this event, including:
Diamond: PeoplesBank, Windsor Federal Savings Bank
Platinum: United Gear & Machine Co., C&S Wholesale Grocers, USA Hauling and Recycling, Greif Brothers
Gold: Creative Clips Pet Salon, Suffield Music
Silver: Markowski Dental Associates, Suffield Veterinary Hospital, Aces High Robotics Club, Heritage Funeral Home
Next year Richard Sych and Gary Guminiak, from the Suffield Knights of Columbus, will lead the 51st Suffield on the Green, assisted by Gayle Demko, from the Suffield Rotary Club. Both groups will partner to enable this long-standing town event to continue. The 2022 Suffield on the Green and Craft Fair is anticipated to be similar to this year. In fact, you can expect to see many of us Friends of Suffield members on the green volunteering alongside the Knights and Rotary.
See you in 2022!