Lamoille County Field Days celebrates community in Johnson

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Hannah Wells of Fairfax has been going to Lamoille County Field Days since she was eight or nine years old…and this year, she didn’t waste any time enjoying the experience of opening day.

“The best part about this is, you actually get to see everybody that you don’t get to see on a daily basis,” she said. “It’s a big weekend — kind of like a reunion for everybody.”

Lamoille County Field Days bills itself as a fair full of family fun. The first day is usually a big hit with young people, and the president of the event says he’s encouraged by what looks to him like a strong turnout.

“We got going this morning — looked like it was going to rain, but it’s cleared out now and everything is going great,” Field Days president Roger Audet said. “This is our 57th year.”

Hannah and her mom both say the Field Days midway is lacking some rides this year that it used to have in the past, but Hannah also says there’s no shortage of things to do anyway.

“You’ve got horse pulls, tractor pulls, truck pulls, now you’ve got ATV, so the more, definitely, the merrier,” she said.

If a calmer experience is for you…how about the animal exhibits, or maybe a bicycle stunt show?

Over the course of the three days, Audet says he’s looking for thousands of people to make their way through the gates.

“Usually around 9,000…between nine and ten over the three days,” he said. “We haven’t hit the 10,000 mark yet but we’re hoping to, one of these years.”

The gates are open until 11:30 tonight and Saturday night, and until 5:00 p.m. Sunday.

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