Fair to benefit elementary school programs

GREENFIELD — A 44-year-old tradition will continue Saturday, when the Greenfield Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization holds the town’s annual Harvest Fair.

“The fair was started in 1969, by the Greenfield Woman’s club,” said Angélique Moon, the PTO president, last week. “By the 1970s, it was the arts and crafts fair. By 1976, it was known as Harvest Fair.”

Moon said the event is the PTOs main fundraiser every year.

“Last year we had a record, a bit over $2,000. We’ll see if we can beat that this year,” she said, of the fair’s proceeds.

Admission to the fair is free. Proceeds from vendor fees, food sales and games go to the PTO and are used to fund projects to benefit Greenfield Elementary School.

“We bought a shade structure last year for the school.” Moon said “This year we’re looking at getting some good picnic tables.”

She said the PTO has also helped fund an artist-in-residence program at the elementary school, and recently voted to set up a field trip fund and book budget for each class.

This year’s fair will feature more than 20 local vendors and crafters; homemade foods including chilies, chowders, and soups; pony rides from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; a children’s games area including pumpkin decorating; face painting; a bake sale; and a White Elephant sale.

Moon said a silent auction and raffle will also be held, with donations including a family membership to the Mariposa Museum, dinner and a movie with the Peterborough Diner and Peterborough Community Theatre, tickets for the Palace Theatre in Manchester, ski passes for Crotched Mountain, Granite State Whale Watch tickets, a class at the Sharon Arts Center and tickets for Disney World.

Moon said the fair will include a youth vendor area for the first time.

“It’s for kids under 12, from 10 to 11:30,” she said. “It’s free for them. They can set up a card table. They have to commit to making and selling their own products, to be courteous and to practice their math skills. It’s a really cool thing for the kids to be able to do.”

Fourth graders at Greenfield Elementary School have created colorful banners for the fair, which will be held rain or shine, with events both inside and outside the Meeting House.

“We’ll be using some of [the banners] to decorate the scaffolding outside the Meeting House,” Moon said.

The Stephenson Memorial Library will be holding its Friends of the Library book and yard sale on the library grounds across the street to coincide with the Harvest Fair. Greenfield businesses The Riverhouse Cafe, Envisage Nail Spa & Boutique and Forget Me Not Antiques and Collectibles are also participating in the Harvest Fair, by providing music or donating a percentage of the day’s revenues to the PTO.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or

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