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Norfield Fair Celebrates 109 Years

Westonites came together Saturday to celebrate summer and the warm weather just as they have for over a century at the 109th Norfield Country Fair. The festivities at Norfield Congregational Church featured the music of local bands, as well as jewelry, belts, scarves, paintings and more created by local artists. A car show was one of the most popular attractions.

The classic car show, which returned to the fair after a hiatus of several years, was organized by Bob Mitchell on short notice. He found 13 classic cars to show off with the help of his friends, Miles Morris and Alden Sherman. "Because this was so successful and fun, we can make it even more successful and fun," said Mitchell, who brought his 1953 MG and his "newest child," a 1971 Jaguar XKE.

The Rev. Bernard R. Wilson, the senior minister at the church said the fair had a great turnout. "This is the best year I've seen in seven years," he said, attributing to the numbers to the weather, the variety of attractions, and the cars. The Backyard Beekeepers Association sold beeswax lips gloss and hand cream.. "We're happy to be a part of the fair," said Leslie Huston, a member of the association. "Norfield Church Fair is our backyard," she said. The club holds monthly meetings at the church.

"Grandma's Attic" was a popular part of the fair. An enormous tent was filled with donated tag sale items.

"Everybody is walking around here with a smile," said police Det. Carl Filsinger. "Everyone is approachable. I'm working right now, but I feel a part of it."

Jennifer Barron started selling her handmade jewelry at the fair three years ago, but has been making her creations since she was a little girl. "I get some business that I haven't gotten and I can see broader range of people," she said. "And I know a lot of people so I can socialize."

Socializing of a slightly different sort was on the mind of Andrew Cotter. "I grew up in this church, said Cotter, who came to the fair with his son, Greyson. "I've been coming to the fair for 25 or 30 years ." Cotter said her returns to the fair every year because of family ties.

The proceeds from the fair are donated to charities including, the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, the George Washington Carver Center, the Bethel Recovery Center, the Domus Lions Den Program of Stamford and Heros in Bridgeport.

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