The 86th Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair will be held on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and will show off the best of Wilton’s agricultural past and present.

The Grange will offer a wide assortment of judged exhibits typical at an agricultural fair, and fairgoers will enjoy seeing entries in categories like culinary arts, crafts, vegetables and fruit, flowers, sewing and needlework, bunnies, poultry and fowl, watercolor painting, photography, and eggs. A variety of specific classes within each major heading are listed in the Fair Book, so there are plenty of opportunities for competition entry or just viewing.

Ribbons for first, second, third, and honorable mention will be awarded, as well as the most coveted ribbon to be awarded within each major group–the Best of Show purple rosette.

Aside from competition, there will also be displays of horticulture, hand-crafts, small farm animals, photography, eggs, selected concessionaires and much more for visitors to enjoy. New at the fair this year will be a large gathering of non-profit organizations from Wilton and surrounding towns, offering table-top displays describing their respective mission statements and information on how to participate.

Among the several games for kids and adults will be a late-afternoon watermelon-eating contest, and a small putting green.

Bright, yellow-covered fair books are available at Wilton Hardware, Village Market, the Town Hall lobby, Offinger’s Farmstead and Wilton Library. It can also be found online. Entry to judged competition is open to children and adults, with details and an entry form included in the Fair Book. Entry fees are $1.00 per exhibit, which may be mailed to PO Box 23 in Wilton, or paid in person on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 1-4 p.m.. Entries made on the morning of the Fair are $2.00 per exhibit.

The fair committee includes grange members Dearta Fusaro, Michele Clark, and Don Offinger of Wilton, and Doug Shepherd and Bill Mikulewicz of Ridgefield.

Admission to the fair is $2.00 per person, or $1.00 accompanied by a non-perishable food item for the Wilton Social Services Food Pantry. The Fair activities all take place at the historic Cannon Grange Hall and its grounds located at 25 Cannon Rd.. Free parking is available at the Cannondale Railroad Station directly across the street. A signed cross-walk over Cannon Road is located at the Grange’s front door.