Sunday, Aug. 27 marks the 85th year for the Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair and rain or shine, the authentic agricultural fair will draw hundreds with juried exhibits inside the historic Grange Hall at 25 Cannon Rd., and activities, vendors and entertainment outside on its grounds alongside the Norwalk River.

The centerpiece of the fair is the competition, featuring entries in categories including home-baked goods, sewing and needlework, hand crafts, home-grown vegetables, fruit and flowers, photography and small farm animals. A new category for 2017 is Water-Color painting. Children and adults are eligible to win prize ribbons for submitted entries for judging.

There are four special baking contests for adults and children:  the Adult Baking Contest, sponsored by King Arthur Flour Co., with a precise recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Bread; the Junior Baking Contest, sponsored by King Arthur Flour, with a precise recipe for Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies;, a two-crust Apple Pie Contest sponsored by Bishop’s Orchards; and the Cannon Grange Perpetual Trophy Contest for any recipe for an Upside Down Cake (any fruit).

Rules, regulations and descriptions of categories to enter are contained in the 85th Anniversary Fair Book, this year a blue-covered booklet available from area merchants, and at Wilton Town Hall and Wilton Library, as well as on the Cannon Grange website with a downloadable entry form.

“The Cannon Grange Fair is a fun event for all ages. We set up on our grounds and inside the Hall, making it a safe and comfortable atmosphere for all to enjoy the exhibits. It recalls Wilton’s rural past and allows people to step back 50, 60 or 85 years,” says Doug Shepherd, a 20-plus–year Grange member. Michele Clark, the Grange’s secretary, adds, “The exhibits are beautiful, and it is amazing to see what children and adults can prepare for judging!”

A special feature will showcase the Ridgefield Discovery Center and Wilton Library with an on-site demonstration of 3-D printing. In conjunction, children are invited to submit for judging an article they have “printed” of something found on a farm. Also, there will be a number of selected concessions and vendors on the grounds selling their crafts and wares, and the end of the day will be the Watermelon Eating Contest, hosted by the Kirchof Family.

For questions, visit the Grange’s website, or call 203.762.1900.