Rabbits, Farm-Fresh Veggies—The Best of the Grange Fair

Nothing says “Wilton Tradition” like the Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair. Organizers dubbed it “the most authentic agricultural fair in Fairfield County,” and if they were aiming at authenticity, they reached it. This 81st running of the annual fair featured artisans, hand-crafts, small farm animals, photography and various categories of food and plants that people entered to be judged and exhibited.

Above, exhibitor Wendy Griffin lets several children pet her English Lop rabbit, Fearghas. The 2-year-old rabbit is sometimes used as a therapy bunny because of his extraordinarily calm disposition, something for which the breed is known.

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Susan Schmitt from Wilton’s The Painted Cookie had adorably themed cookies, included ones that looked like jarred goods (above and below, pickles and marmalade!), rubber duckies for the traditional rubber duck race, and blue ribbons. (P.S. she whispered some great news about a new product line she’s coming out with–chocolate-covered decorated oreos. If the sample she handed out is what it tastes like, I may have a new addiction!)

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Notice the seed packet cookies at the top–completely fitting for the Cannon Grange Fair.

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Ambler Farm’s organic vegetables were popular, especially the abundance of beautiful tomatoes.

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The Davies family (Severn, Larkyn and Kei) showed off their guinea pig, Monster, who won “Best in Show.” Bravo!

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Several hand-crafted items were on display by exhibitors, like this bird house artist.

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Wilton’s Saltbox Press, the letterpress printing and paper good design business owned by Lynda Campbell also showed off her designs.

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Nod Hill Soap is a full line of creams, soaps, lotions and bath and beauty product. Owner Catherine Romer handmakes her products by hand, in small batches, using ingredients like pure olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and many other natural things.

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Unbakeables offered samples of their egg-free cookie dough bites. The treats can be found at Caraluzzi’s and Village Market.

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Some of the Wilton Pony Club members were on hand, including (L to R) Kate Hynes, Ady Fleitz, Laura Gustafson and Katie Williams.