Tug-o-War and Peas

Just when Marlboro students are feeling like their entire universe has shrunk down to the neutron star known as Potash Hill, with 800 pages of Dostoevsky to read and a density equivalent to a Boeing 747 compressed to a grain of sand, an inspiring event awakens them to the wide, wonderful world around them. I’m not talking about the Democratic National Convention, or the Paralympic Games in London, or the world premier of Resident Evil: Retribution, or even National Grandparent’s Day. No, I’m talking about the 30th annual Marlboro Community Fair, five miles down the road on the ol’ Muster Field.

Yup, along with the usual displays of heirloom tomatoes and misshapen zucchinis and dwarf rabbits and crocheted doilies and hard cider and other cool stuff, there was a hearty delegation of students and other college community members in evidence. In the community tent, students in anthropology professor Carol Hendrickson’s Food and Culture class (right) were collecting local recipes to include in the revised version of a Marlboro community cookbook. There were amazing photos of the new college greenhouse, scheduled for completion this fall, and the farm committee served up yummy salted cucumber slices. Appreciative fairgoers nibbled on the latter while they watched the world premier of a dirt-shattering new video on the farm, which you should totally check out if you missed. A great line-up of music featured the MacArthur Family (aka retired physics professor John MacArthur’s kids, including health center manager Megan Littlehales ’82, and John’s great-grand-daughter Ava on ukelele (right)).

The weather for the fair was less than agreeably fair, maybe unless you are a misshapen zucchini, but that did not dissuade students from participating in th’ fun ‘n’ games like the skillet toss (for women, or men who are willing to wear a dress) and the nail-pounding contest. Philosophy professor William Edelglass led the egg toss with an iron fist, so to speak, and everyone was so drenched from the rain it was hard to tell when their eggs drenched them. But the highlight was the tug of war, where Marlboro students, and William of course, pitched the full weight of their reasoning against the giggling masses of all the rain-soaked elementary school students in attendance. After several close matches, with mixed teams on both sides, this orderly and dignified activity totally regressed into the youngsters ceremoniously dragging anchorman and freshman Brandon Batham around the field.

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