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Howard Davis of Candia Wins John Deere Mower at Deerfield Fair
by Cheryl Killam 10-15-13

Thousands of Deerfield Fair attendees were hoping that the fair ticket they filled out and dropped into one of the raffle ticket barrels would be pulled for them to win the D105 42 inch John Deere Riding Lawn Mower that was donated by J.R. Rosencrantz of Kensington, NH.

For Howard Davis, 80, a life long resident of Candia, his wish came true. “I walked by that mower 3 times and I had my heart set on winning it ”, said Davis.

Davis was born in the Villages behind the church and comes from a family of 8 boys and 7 girls. He and his wife moved up the road from the Candia village to their home where they have lived for 54 years. He worked at E.D. Swett in Concord on bridge construction for 40 years and used the same tractor to mow his lawn that entire time.

Davis said,  “I went to the fair on Saturday to watch the horse pulls because my niece and her husband, Sharon and Ed Larpenter, had horses entered in the pulls. I dropped my one and only ticket into the barrel and I won.”

It used to take Davis as much as 3 hours to mow his lawn with his old push mower and now it only takes him about 45 minutes.

“ This is the first thing I have ever won in my life,”  he said, as he kept driving it around his yard with a huge smile on his face.  

Not only were the stands filled to capacity to watch the horse pulls on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but the children loved showing off their face paintings.

Aiyana Lones, 7 yrs old, from Candia was really proud of her face painting.

Tyler Patrick Fleming, 5, from Newton, NH (above) and his cousin Tristan Silva, 3, from Chelmsford, Mass were trying to scare people with their painted faces.
























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