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Competition grows for 125th Sandwich Fair

Updated: October 10, 2012 6:19AM

SANDWICH — Entries are up this year in a variety of categories, for the 125th anniversary celebration of the Sandwich Fair.

Fair officials said there are 205 head of dairy cattle in the competition, much more than in recent years. There are so many dairy cattle, in fact, that the cattle this year are housed not only in the dairy barn, but they also are sharing quarters in the sheep and goat barns.

Needlework entries in the Home Arts Building have increased by 105 over last year, and there’s lots more canned goods — string beans and pepper relish, tomatoes and jellies — than last year.

One official said there were 35 dozen eggs entered, both white and brown chicken eggs and also duck eggs — nearly double the entries from last year. The fair official said she wondered if more people are raising poultry than ever before — or if they just want to be a part of the 125th Sandwich Fair.

The Home Arts Building, Horticulture Building, Art and Photography Building, Antiques and Collectible Building, and the exhibit barns and tents in the livestock area, will be open for visitors until 6 p.m. Sunday.

The fair runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds on Suydam Road in Sandwich. Gates open at 8 a.m. General admission is $8; $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Children age 5 and under are admitted free.

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