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104th SUMMER FAIR RETURNS AUG. 4 AT FIRST CHURCH IN JAFFREY 

The First Church in Jaffrey Annual August Fair on Aug. 4 offers something for everyone, from folks outfitting a new house to collectors and dealers.  There is a great selection of lamps, fine art, antiques, jewelry, garden items, household goods, vintage linens, tested electrical and electronics items and tools.

Celebrating 104 years of summer fun and bargains for all ages, the 2021 Fair and Children’s Fair will be held – rain or sunshine –  on Wednesday, Aug. 4 from 1 to 4 PM at the red brick church and the 1775 Jaffrey Meetinghouse, Route 124 at Laban Ainsworth Way in Jaffrey Center.

For COVID safety from the Delta variant, face masks and social distancing are strongly recommended for all on August 4. The Fair wasn’t held in 2020 due to COVID.

Admission is free. Deluxe bag lunches – for outdoor picnics – start at 12:30. At 1 pm the doors to the Meetinghouse open for bountiful Antiques and Collectibles, jewelry and White Elephant items; the Parish House doors open for homemade delicacies at the Bakery and the weekly Pie Sale (on Wednesday, Aug. 4 not the usual Friday). The church doors open for lots of Fine Art by local artists in the church sanctuary. The Garden Center on the Common’s lawn features garden tools, planters and choice small furniture.  An outdoor snack bar will be open.

At the Children’s Fair, held in the Horsesheds, kids can play games to win prizes, decorate cupcakes, find treasures to buy, ride in an antique car, and more. Tickets for games: still 25 cents.

Donations of merchandise (furniture is limited to small lightweight items) will be received at the rear of the Parish House (off Blackberry Lane) at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Saturday, July 31, and also at the Meetinghouse on Monday, August 2.

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. Net proceeds help support local social service organizations and scholarships for Conant HS graduates – 51% goes to local organizations; 49% supports the church (www.firstchurchinjaffrey.org).