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Mountain Ski Resort, and 100 gallons of fuel oil from Dead River. Tickets will still be avail- able up until the night of Oct. 7, when the lucky winners will be announced at DFD’s annual Turkey Supper fundraiser.
The fire department also hosted agricultural displays in their garage again this year. Local crops, all worthy of ad- miration, lined the tables where each gardener hoped to be rec- ognized by the judges. There were massive pumpkins and impressive floral arrangements vying for ribbons that day, too.
When the clock struck 11 a.m., however, crowds lined the street for the parade. The theme, “Let’s Have a Ball,” drew en- thusiastic participants who pre- sented many great floats this year. Among them was a UTV
characters like “Grandpa Hook & Sinker.” Marching veterans, antique vehicles, fire equipment, horses, and ATVs also filled the streets.
Following the parade, people began signing up for the town’s famous bed race, tossed horse- shoes at Independence Park, or grabbed a seat to watch the tractor pull competition. There were some old-fashioned chil- dren's games that folks of all ages enjoyed, too.
The celebration wrapped up with the announcement of win- ners in the silent auction as peo- ple grabbed a take-out ham and bean supper to eat out in front of the grange hall while listen- ingtothemusicoftheGranville Daze band.
Danbury Grange and Community Fair
 DANBURY – Those who have ever attended the Danbury Grange and Community Fair may agree that their rural cel- ebration is something not to be missed. Held on the first Satur- day after Labor Day each year, it’s a day filled with agricultural displays and competitions, lo- cally made foods and crafts, raf- fles, music, a parade, and lots of good old-fashioned fun.
This year kicked off with breakfast, vendors, and music from the Lindsey Schultz Band, which included Lindsey’s own song about “Hippie Hill,” a long-loved landmark in Dan- bury Village.
Inside the Blazing Star Grange Hall, local children’s au- thor Mary Lyn Ray was on hand autographing her books and
Withthetheme,“Let’sHaveABall,”itwaseasytoseewhichgroupofboys and girls was truly having some “big-time fun” as they watched the Grange and Community Fair parade in Danbury last weekend.
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Representatives of the Blazing Star Grange had the honor of leading off the 109th Annual Danbury Grange and Community Fair’s Parade this year.
doing some face painting. There were baked goods for sale, and the annual Dutch Auction took place throughout the day, where people dropped tickets into bags in front of items they hoped to win. A table covered with bid- ding sheets for multiple other donated items and gift cards entered in the silent auction was located out in front of the hall.
Just up the street, members of the Danbury Fire Depart- ment were selling raffle tickets for 23 great prizes, including a Weatherbee Weatherguard 308 from Smith River Trading Post, a season pass to Ragged
celebrating the 109th year of the fair by tossing small balls tossed out to the crowd and inviting ev- eryone to “take a shot” at two baskets hanging on the side as it passed by. The Danbury Soccer Club had a colorful entry with not only colorful round balloons but lots of smiling young soccer players as well. Other partici- pants were Danbury Country Store, church groups, the Hippy Hill Foundation, and repre- senting the cemetery trustees, Andy Phelps had a ball driving a “Memory Lane” small trac- tor decorated with humorous tombstones that memorialized

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