Cannon Grange: Annual fair's 81st incarnation will evoke rural roots

Pies, rabbits, fruits and vegetables. All will be in ample supply at the 81st Annual Agricultural Fair at Cannon Grange on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 10 to 4, rain or shine. They will lead up to the main event: the Rubber Duck Race down the Norwalk River.

Admission to the fair grounds at 25 Cannon Road is free and free parking is available at the Cannondale train station across the road.

The grange fair celebrates Wilton’s agricultural roots and a large part is dedicated to the impressive judged exhibits and competitions of baked goods, homegrown fruits and vegetables, flowers, crafts, photography, sewing and needlework, poultry and fowl, eggs, rabbits and homemade spirits. All departments offer numerous categories for children to enter, and all departments provide an opportunity to win first, second and third place prize ribbons, including a large purple rosette for “Best in Show.” The purple rosette is awarded to the best first prize entry within each department.

A baked goods sale will give fairgoers an opportunity to purchase, sample or take home a homemade goodie such as a pie, cookies, cupcakes, or fruit jelly or jams. Civic and educational exhibits will be displayed on the grounds. There will be adult and junior baking contests, a quilt contest and a two-crust apple pie contest, all co-sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Fairs.

The adult baking contest calls for contestants to follow a French herb bread recipe and juniors must make blueberry muffins. The Cannon Grange Perpetual trophy contest calls for a plate of eight raisin scones following a recipe of the contestant’s choice.

Other attractions at the Cannon Grange Fair will include nearly two dozen selected concessionaires, and a food court. In the early afternoon, there will be the exciting watermelon-eating contest for young people followed by the Rubber Duck Race in the Norwalk River.

All contest requirements and entry blanks for the fair may be found in the bright-colored Fair Book, which is available from local merchants and banks, Wilton Town Hall, Wilton Library, or online at

The competitions and exhibits are open to everyone, both youth and adult. Everyone is invited to join and to participate in any and all of the fair events.

Information:, or 203-762-1900.