MONTVILLE — “I don’t feel like I have won in a game of chance in along time,” said Hannah Hatfield, Montville’s administrative assistant, after winning at cow-patty Beano during the annual Field Day.

She was donating half of her $50 winnings back to the Union Harvest Grange, which hosted the event. “Sesame” the cow, a 3-year-old Brown Swiss from Faithful Venture Farm in Searsmont, did her job “very well,” according to her handler, consistently leaving a deposit in a large bingo-type grid — enough for two games.

Last year’s event was canceled because of the pandemic. This year, even though Waldo County is an area of high COVID-19 transmission, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the event was well-attended.

Families, friends and neighbors gathered under large tents to socialize and enjoy a chicken barbecue, along with several potluck sides, as musicians serenaded the crowd.

Eleven-year-old Kai, from Brooklyn, New York, joined Phil Mancini and Vic Treadwell, two-thirds of the musical group The Pinwheel Brothers, in some old-time favorites. Asked how he knew when to end a song, Kai said, “I saw the foot come up and I knew what to do.”

Some winners of note include 7-year-old Asa Mehuren of Searsmont, who won first and second places in the frog jumping contest by having his frog jump out of a large circle the fastest; Maisey Newell of Montville, who was crowned skillet toss champion, inching past several other contestants; and Jack Larrabee III of Knox, who won the hammer throw.

Other activities included a three-legged race won by Elijah and Benton Dayan, both of Montville. Benton also won first place in the sack race competition, and Kai and Rohan Gulder-Higgins of Brooklyn, New York, took first place in the wheelbarrow race. Cow-patty Beano winners were Hannah Hatfield and Louis Pontillo, both of Montville.

Parade participants included Moe Martin on his tractor, Asa Mehuren on his tractor, Billy Kinney on his tractor and “Moxie” the horse, driven by Eric, Elijah, Benton and Dixie Dayan. Ora, Bea and Whit Martin and Lena Mehuren walked their sheep.

Festivities were cut short when a fast-moving storm brought winds and rain at around 3 p.m. A rapidly darkening sky opened up and unleashed showers as people quickly worked together to dismantle tents and take tables and chairs back to the Grange.

All proceeds from the Field Day go to the Union Harvest Grange, for building maintenance and future community events.

Chicken and corn on the grill at Montville Field Day Aug. 14. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

 

Jodie Martin, Montville’s town clerk, works the food tent at the annual field day Aug. 14. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Photo by Fran Gonzalez

 

Wheelbarrow racing at Montville Field Day Aug. 14.

Sesame, a 3-year-old Brown Swiss, provides patties for cow patty bingo at Montville Field Day Aug. 14. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Contestants receive their frogs, for the frog jump competition Aug. 14 at Montville Field Day. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Contestant wait with their frogs in a cup before the start of the frog jumping contest Aug. 14 at Montville Field Day. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

The race is on as contestants try and “coax” their frogs out of the circle. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Frog jumping competition at Montville Field Day Aug. 14.

Winner of the Montville Field Day 2021 frog jumping contest, Asa Mehuren. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Photo by Fran Gonzalez

 

Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Contestants participate in the three-legged race at Montville Field Day Aug. 14. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Kai, from Brooklyn, NY, joins in with the band at Montville Field Day Aug. 14. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Eleven-year-old Kai plays with Phil Mancini on mandolin and Vic Treadwell on bass, two-thirds of The Pinwheel Brothers, at Montville Field Day Aug. 14. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Competition was fierce during the wheelbarrow race at Montville Field Day Aug. 3. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Richard Mead of Freedom enjoys chicken barbecue at Montville Field Day Aug. 14. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Family, friends, and visitors enjoy chicken barbecue at Montville Field Day Aug. 14. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

The skillet toss at Montville Field Day Aug. 14. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Maisie Newell after letting her skillet fly at Montville Field Day Aug. 14. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

A horse at Montville Field Day 2021. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Louis Pontillo competes at the sledgehammer toss at Montville Field Day Aug. 14.

Photo by Fran Gonzalez