Fair Memory by Clifford Anderson
Submitted by granddaughter - Terri
My grandfather Clifford Elmer
Anderson was born in 1914 and died in January 2008.
He related to me this memory about the Harwinton Fair
in 2007 and I would like to share it with every one:
I can remember the Harwinton
fair being held on a week day.
i went to the fair every year
since i was a small child missing it only once, that
was when my wife Phyllis was pregnant with one of our
kids and was sick.
my family lived in Collinsville,
ct. I can remember my parents coming to my school there
and picking up my brother-Fred and I to bring us to
the fair. when we got to the fair there would be about
2 dozen or so gypsies who had come there in covered
wagons and took up in a farmers field for the night,
then they would go to the fair that afternoon. They
set up their tents for their fortune tellers and then
the rest would go off to bargain with the horse farmers...trying
to trade horses with them. Sometimes they were successful
and sometimes they weren't.
In total I attended the fair
for about 92 years. So much has changed since I attended
my first one. It is no longer held on a week day and
people no longer come in horse and wagon.
H arwinton, CT.