Another Fun Year on the Green

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This year’s Suffield on the Green did not feel like the typical Suffield Fall Fair weekend. Saturday, we had temperatures in the high 80’s with oppressive humidity. Sunday, we had thunderstorms, which closed the SOTG early @ 2 p.m. However, the crowds, crafters, musicians, local charities and food booths were resilient!!! The 52nd “Suffield on the Green” continued to bring smiles, give fairgoers a chance to meet with family and friends, as well as the opportunity to purchase unique items and enjoy some of the BEST food around!

The “Suffield on the Green,” brought to you by the Suffield Knights of Columbus & the Suffield Rotary Club, would like to give KUDOS to all the children, women and men who “worked” on the Green to make this fair a pleasure to attend. To those who worked the grills during this steamy weather, getting the hot plates of foods to the Fair-goers – THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your tireless effort. The fair goers enjoyed the delicious kettlecorn, Pountine, sausage w/peppers and onions, Polish platters, baked potatoes, fried dough, pulled-pork and of course, the Rotary Chicken BBQ – are YOU looking forward to next year already???

Walking the Green, the fair goers savored the opportunity to visit numerous booths filled with handmade arts and crafts plus local organizations sharing their information, services and food! There were also fun activities for “children-of-ALL-ages” such as: volleyball games, dunk tank, corn hole, Boy Scout rope walk, demonstrations by the talented Aces High Robotics Club, inflatable bounce house and obstacle course, Girls Scout art activities and MORE!

The Canine Contest, a highly anticipated and much-loved annual event, was well-attended as always. Dogs of all breeds and sizes came out to schmooze the Canine Contest Judges to win in one of the categories such as: “Wildest Wag,” “Dressed to Impress,” “Cutest Smile,” “We Like Big Mutts,” etc. As they strutted the runway, the onlookers cheered on the participating pooches with many oohs and aahs. There were toys and other fun prizes for all the contestants and even a few extras to bring home for their doggie friends. Also, for the second year in a row, Roaring Acres Alpacas of Suffield created a “Petting Zoo” which was loved by both children and adults alike!

The SOTG Committee would like to give special recognition to all our community volunteers and organizations that helped make this event a success. We cannot do it without you – Thank You – Suffield Police Dept., Fire Dept., Public Works Dept., Explorers, Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, former Friends of Suffield members and the Town of Suffield!

All photos submitted by Gary Guminiak
SOTG members Rich Sych, Gary Guminiak, Jiby John and Officer Randy Roman hold a grant check for the Suffield Police Explorers.

Due to sponsors and the monies generated by SOTG rental spaces during the event, the Suffield Knights of Columbus & Suffield Rotary International were able to give grants to the following organizations: The Friends of the Canal @ Enfield Falls, Suffield Police Explorers, Boy Scout Troop 66, Special Olympics CT & the Suffield Senior Center.

Please remember to support our generous sponsors, so they can continue to support this event!

The “Big Top” is taken down, crafters have left and the food booths are gone. Planning for the SOTG 2024 now begins; if you would like to participate next year, please reach out to Richard Sych, Jiby John, Gary Guminiak, from the Suffield Knights of Columbus, or Gayle Demko & Jack Muska, from the Suffield Rotary Club. Thanks to the partnership of both organizations, our town can continue to enjoy this long-standing town tradition. See you in 2024!

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