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New Ipswich Children’s Fair is Saturday


Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:22AM

The New Ipswich Congregational Church will celebrate the 157th Children’s Fair on  Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair will be hosted on the grounds of the New Ipswich Congregational Church located at 156 Main Street. The money raised from the fair is distributed to local children’s and youth organizations in the Monadnock Region as well as select organizations in other countries and missionaries.

The Children’s Area features games for all children of all ages along with hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, authentic henna tattoos, bounce houses and more. There will be lunchtime entertainment for the children featuring Dan Grady and his marvelous marionettes. Grab your lunch and sit on the grass and watch the show. There will also be musical performances throughout the day featuring music by Mike Ordway and other local talent.

This year the regular Auction will be replaced by a Silent Auction. In lieu of a live auctioneer, the participants will write their bid on a form on the item with their number and the highest bidder will win the item. With a silent auction, bidders can browse the items beforehand and have a better idea of what they would like to bid on. Make sure you come back and check if someone outbids you. You can then choose to raise your bid. At the end of the auction, there will be a last call and then bids will be closed and the winners announced. Items in the silent auction include Boston Celtics tickets, cords of wood and many other surprises.

Enjoy a large selection of food including chicken barbeque, sausages, homemade fudge and various candies, baked goods, sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs, fresh produce, ice cream, cotton candy, homemade pies and nisu, and so much more.

Other areas not to be missed at the fair include the book sale, Garden Shoppe, rummage sale, and raffles featuring gift baskets that include many gift certificates to area restaurants and shops. Additionally, the annual school supplies drive will take place again this year. Please bring any donations of backpacks and school supplies items to the fair; no item is too small. The drop off point for these items will be at Butch’s Country Store which is located in front of the church. The items collected will be donated to children in need in the area.

Although the fair is organized by members of New Ipswich Congregational Church, there are many organizers that are community members and not NICC members. The fair is truly a community event, with 300-plus community members of New Ipswich donating their time to make this event a success for the children of our area.