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PRI's Environmental News Magazine

Down the Midway

Air Date: Week of October 12, 2007

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The award-winning pumpkin tipped the scales at 1,095 pounds. (Photo: Emily Taylor)

Producer Emily Taylor captures the sounds of the Rochester Fair in Rochester, New Hampshire in this audio postcard. Giant pumpkins, anyone?

Transcript

[SOUND OF HORNS, PEOPLE TALKING]

CURWOOD: Horse cart racing, pumpkin weigh-ins, and arcade games are just some of the many activities at the Rochester Fair in Rochester, New Hampshire.


Accordionist Oliver Nicholas has played at the fair for 33 years. (Photo: Emily Taylor)

[BELL RINGS, CHILDREN SHOUT]

CURWOOD: And what better way to celebrate the fall harvest then by taking a stroll along the fairground midway. Living on Earth’s Emily Taylor took her recorder and did just that. She put it all together in this audio postcard.

[ACCORDION PLAYS, MAN SHOUTS TO PASSERSBY “YOU CAN”T WIN BY WALKING BY, COME ON IN GIVE IT A TRY FOLKS . . . “]


The award-winning pumpkin tipped the scales at 1,095 pounds. (Photo: Emily Taylor)

LANGLOIS: My name is Robin Langlois and I’m the superintendent in the floral court and of the pumpkin contest. And the pumpkin contest has been around about eight or nine years or so. In the adult division we had six entries, in the children’s division we had three and they’re getting bigger so we don’t have a lot of room for them anymore. (laughs) This first pumpkin is the winner. It has the grand prize ribbon, which is orange with a little pumpkin logo in the rosette. And this pumpkin belonged to Peter Carter and his pumpkin weighed 1,095 pounds.


These squawkers picked up some ribbons in the poultry barn at the Rochester Fair. (Photo: Emily Taylor)

[ANIMAL NOISES, DUCK QUACKS, CHILD SAYS “WHY’S HE MAD AT US?” OTHER CHILD SAYS “HE’S NOT MAD AT US,” FAIR MUSIC PLAYS]

CURWOOD: Our audio postcard of the Rochester Fair was recorded by Emily Taylor.

 

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