It was a theme to inspire immediate smiles: Anticipation for The Bulldog County Fair, Norfolk Academy Field Day 2019, built throughout the spring to a glorious, fun-and-sun-filled event on Saturday, May 4.
As befits a school tradition dating to 1891, this year’s Field Day seemed bigger and better than ever, with everyone in the Bulldog family—parents, students, faculty, and staff—coming to campus to pitch in for the day’s success. The celebratory all-day event offered many new features to fit the theme:
- A Ferris wheel was spinning throughout the day. The fun began in the early morning, as several seniors took a whirl on it with their first grade buddies, and after that, it was nonstop action.
- Hayrides were a popular new feature, as children took a rest from walking and jumping to sit atop bales of hay in the back of a wagon pulled by a tractor.
- Pony rides were offered in the shade of the big trees lining the school’s driveway, and a bevy of farm animals, including “Sparkle” the pig, were part of a Petting Zoo, placidly unperturbed by enthusiastic petting from adults and children alike.
- Bluegrass music by the band, More Perfect Jones, provided the soundtrack for the entire event, as the lively sounds of the fiddle (along with mandolin, banjo, standup bass, and guitar) wafted across the field and provided up-close entertainment for shoppers at the all-new Farmers Market and in the open-air cafe seating for those eating lunch. Hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, veggie wraps, and salads were on the menu.
- For the fifth year in a row (and particularly suited to the County Fair theme), Field Day was a green event; only reusable water bottles were allowed, and all meals were served on compostable products, from plates and cups to forks. Students and parent volunteers were stationed at numerous composting stations.
In addition to all of the new aspects tied to the theme, Field Day 2019 kept the beloved traditions—fun runs in the morning; a midway full of old-fashioned games and gigantic inflatables; Burroughs Gymnasium chock full of used items—books, toys, clothes, and knick knacks; Antiques & Adornments with beautifully arrayed treasures; Love & Elbow offering creatively painted and refurbished furniture; and the Bulldog Bazaar was busy in the refectory. The Art Gallery kicked off with a gala on April 27, and sales were brisk throughout the week, as students and teachers got an informal education in art as they walked to the refectory, dance and drama studios, and the Johnson Theater.
The third grade did the annual Field Day play, a rendition of “Charlotte’s Web,” under the direction of Lower School Music Teacher Becky Peterson, for a packed house in Price Auditorium, with every single third grader hopping onstage to create an action-packed and often hilarious performance.
The Field Day chairs this year were Rachael Feigenbaum, parent of Ben ’15, Abby ’18, and Aiden ’20, and Kate Michaels, parent of Ellie, Athena ’18, and Liam ’21. A big hooray for their leadership and the support of a bevy of volunteers! See y’all next year...