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First Church 106th Fair Celebrates Community!
The weather was perfect and eager buyers found an incredible variety of treasures that came from many, many generous donations. By Wednesday, August 2, workers of all ages had again performed the three-day miracle that transforms the Meetinghouse, church buildings and the common into a festive summer FAIR. Music, tasty food, people strolling around to greet friends, children playing, and colorful venues under tents scattered around the historic buildings created a memorable experience. “This is a great Fair!” echoed throughout the afternoon.
Under the excellent leadership of the Fair Chairs – Bruce and Pam Hill and Janet Grant – the 106th Fair raised close to $16,000 (in three hours) to share with community social services and scholarships for Conant grads. This event depends on roughly 100 volunteers to set up, sort, sell, park cars, and clean up. While the church’s congregation plans and organizes the Fair, two-thirds of the workers come from the wider community.
Donors and sponsors contribute significantly to the Fair’s success; they include Gordon Services, Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, River Street Market (Circle K), Daffodils Flower and Gifts, Tieger Real Estate, Monadnock Disposal, Camp Wanocksett, Greg Walsh Auction Services, Bruce Bartels, Jim Banghart, Andy Card. In addition, Steve and Pauline Brackett, who managed Antiques & Collectibles, and Furniture at the Fair, took many leftovers and held a post Fair yard sale at their house in Jaffrey Center on Route 124. This extra effort netted over $375 which will be donated to First Church. And, we have placed a painting on consignment with NH Antiques Coop; look for a report on that later.
Congratulations to all!
After all expenses have come in, the books on the Fair will be closed, and the Benevolence Circle will decide how to allocate donations to more than 12 service organizations serving the Monadnock region.
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