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The 58th annual Canterbury Fair will once again kick off with the Woodchuck Classic 5K Road Race. Courtesy photo.




58th annual Canterbury Fair

When: Saturday, July 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Canterbury Center, Baptist and Center Roads
Cost: Free admission ($5 suggested parking donation and varying prices for food)
Visit: canterburyfair.com




Fair and square
Canterbury Fair returns for 58th year

07/28/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



As is customary, the annual Canterbury Fair will return for its 58th year on the last Saturday in July.
The long-standing tradition observes 1959 as its first year, when the Canterbury Ladies Benevolent Society decided to add a chicken barbecue to its Canterbury Country Fair and Bazaar, an event it had been sponsoring for several years before that. Profits ended up increasing tenfold due to the barbecue, which continues to be a main feature today. More than 10,000 people visited the fair for the day during its peak year in 1981.
“It’s a quaint and pretty simple fair,” said Kate Luczko, PR and marketing chair of the Canterbury Fair Committee, “but it’s nice in that way, if families are looking for a fun day and looking to do some cool stuff.”
Luczko said the fair is unique in that it is entirely volunteer-run, and it features mostly local people and vendors.
“Every year, we raise money for different funds in Canterbury, so it’s sort of always become a place where townspeople can go and ask for money for different purposes around town,” she said, “and it’s also a chance for people to gather and come back to the town if they used to live there.”
The fair will kick off at 9 a.m. will the traditional Woodchuck Classic 5K Road Race and the 2K Chipmunk Scramble Kids Race. Registration for the races will begin at 8 a.m.
Several local musicians and children’s performers will join the fair this year beginning at 9:30 a.m. and in sets throughout the day. Artists will include Amy Conley, Badger’s Drift, The Fiddling Thomsons and the Canterbury Morris Dancing Team.
The annual chicken barbecue, featuring the return of a popular secret barbecue chicken sauce recipe from Canterbury’s Sunset Mountain Fish and Game Club, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
“The Sunset Mountain Fish and Game Club has been doing the barbecue for years now, so that’s been a really cool partnership,” Luczko said. “They’ll be serving Shaker squash rolls as well.”
Several all-day events will also be returning to this year’s fair, including the annual “What-Not Sale,” which will feature local antique dealers and other vendors selling books, crafts and other items.
“It’s kind of like a yard sale,” Luczko said. “It’s one of the things that is sort of key to this fair, especially since we’ve seen such a huge decline in people selling antiques over the years.”
Artisan demonstrations will also be held throughout the day, such as blacksmithing, woodturning and fiber spinning.
Kids of all ages will enjoy face painting, visit farm animals, and even climb into a tractor. The popular fish pond “fishing” game is also making a return this year.
“We’ll also have a state-of-the-art corn grinder and a shingle mill,” Luczko said. “So kids will get to watch shingles being produced. It’s sort of cool to see the old machinery.”
Interested in learning about the history of Canterbury? Be sure to check out the Elkins Memorial Building for the town historical society’s exhibit “Canterbury Through the Years: 1900-2000.” 





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