153rd ANNUAL CHILDREN’S FAIR
TO BE HELD SATURDAY, AUGUST 16th IN NEW IPSWICH
For Immediate Release
Contact: Deb Holmes
New Ipswich, NH – The New Ipswich Congregational Church will celebrate its 153rd annual Children’s Fair on Saturday, August 16th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The fair will be held on the grounds of the New Ipswich Congregational Church located at 156 Main Street. Admission is FREE. Money raised from the fair is distributed to local children’s organizations in the Monadnock area.
The fair will feature the following:
- Auction (begins at 11:00am): This can include antiques and collectibles as well as consignment items.
- Children’s Area: Fun games for kids of all ages, a petting zoo, pony rides, hay rides, a dunk tank, face painting, a teddy bear clinic and much more!
- Dan Grady’s Marvelous Marionette Medley: All the way from Eliot, Maine, Dan will perform for the children with his self-designed and hand crafted marionettes. Dan has been performing for 40 years touring throughout New England, Canada and down the East Coast.
- Food: Fresh produce, baked items, candy, chicken BBQ, sandwiches, old-fashion milk shakes, cotton candy and so much more. YUM!
- Misc: White elephant area, Garden Shoppe, Book Sale, Rummage Sale, Raffle of gift baskets
In addition to the fun, there will be an annual school supply drive. Please bring any type of school supplies to drop off at the fair. No donation is too small. These items will be distributed to children in need. These items can be dropped off at Butch’s Country Store.
The first New Ipswich Children’s Fair was held during the Civil War in 1861. The concept of the fair originated with Mr. Quimby of Appleton Academy and Reverend Cutler of the New Ipswich Congregational Church. The fair was held in the fall and the children brought the best of their harvests – plums, pears, apples, pumpkins, etc. These items were auctioned off and the proceeds were given to the charity or organization specified by the child. The children performed songs and recited verses, and all in attendance shared in a “plain dinner” of baked beans, Indian pudding, brown bread, pickles, and apple pie. This tradition has been kept alive for over 150 years.
This fair features fun for people of all ages, old or young. The proceeds are for the children, but the fair holds something special for everyone.