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Flowers Of Wolfeboro & Alton, N.H. — Saturday, August 4, 2018.

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Taken on my perambulations, dodging the rain, in Alton (walking the dogs) and in Wolfeboro, at a very sodden ‘Huggins Fair‘. You may have noticed that I haven’t done a ‘flower’ post in over two-weeks. Well, I had to rectify that. Enjoy.


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‘Huggins Fair 2018′, Wolfeboro, N.H. — SODDEN, Saturday Evening, August 4, After The Deluge.

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I have been going to the ‘Huggins Fair‘, invariably without fail, for 26-years. It is one of our cherished annual events — going there late on Saturday evening and staying till late.

I have never seen anything like what I saw today. It was beyond sodden. I have, in Ceylon, seen drier paddy fields! Folks were walking in the mud in bare feet — but even then there were places you did not dare venture. The book tent was a mess. I just couldn’t go in. It was way, way, way too muddy.

We had seen the rain and expected that it would be a bit soggy. Nothing prepared us for what we encountered. I had taken the precaution of wearing waterproof shoes. That was not enough. You needed tall Wellington boots.

Though it did not rain while we were there and I met some folks we knew, I was not amused or happy.

The mud just sapped away my enthusiasm. I did NOT buy a single book! That is a record. I just bought two hand-grip exercisers for $1 (and I was being generous) as I could have got them for 25 cents and $7 worth of braised BBQ beef. That was it. I came home with a fair chunk of money in my pocket. That never happens. Typically I spend $60 to $120 at this Fair.

That they were so unprepared was strange. It isn’t like rain is a stranger to this Fair. They should definitely CHANGE their sign. That bold ‘Here RAIN or Shine’ seems like a challenge the rain can’t resist. And to think that they have a severe drought around Canyon de Chelly.


Last Year’s Storm.


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‘Huggins Fair 2017′, Wolfeboro, N.H. — Saturday Evening, August 5, During The Storm.

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I have been dutifully going to the ‘Huggins Fair’ — now called the ‘Street Fair’ — bar a few years at most, over the last 25-years. However my days of going on both days, Friday & Saturday, and possibly multiple times a day, are long gone. Basically there is nothing we really need at the Fair. We just go for the fun of being there and to see if there are any crazy bargains to be had. So over the last few years we have fallen into the habit of going late on Saturday evening and staying there till the end. It can be a lot of fun and that is when the bargains kick-in.

We knew about the storm — since Friday. But we decided to go anyway. The storm was spectacular. We didn’t get wet. We took shelter in the “Men’s White Elephant” tent.

Once the storm passed there was a full rainbow and the sun came out in force. The ground was soggy, but it was OK.

We had fun. Didn’t get much — at all, at all. I picked up about 8 books and that, to I, is always a thrill. That is one of my main rationales for going. To see if I can find a few good books. So another 2017 event is done for the year. The next one will be a year from now.


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“Huggins Fair 2017”, Wolfeboro, N.H. Will Be On Friday, August 4 & Saturday, August 5.

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Note, it is, by tradition, strictly a Friday & Saturday event; first Friday of August, rain, shine, hail or hurricane. If you go on Sunday all you will find these days are empty tents. Up until 6 – 7 years ago the huge book tent would still have all the unsold books in it and you were encouraged to take as many away — for free. Now they have exchange students from abroad, staying at Brewster over the Summer, come and clear the books away Saturday night.

Unless it is beyond torrential rains we will be there late on Saturday, as we always are — even in heavy downpours.

See you there.


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