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The Canterbury Fair returns July 29. Courtesy photo.




59th annual Canterbury Fair

When: Saturday, July 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Canterbury Center, Baptist and Center roads
Cost: Free admission; costs for food vary and a $5 parking donation is suggested
Visit: canterburyfair.com




Time to fair
Canterbury Fair returns

07/27/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 A long-standing tradition run entirely by local residents, vendors and volunteers, the Canterbury Fair will return for its 59th year on Saturday, July 29.

Admission is free and visitors can enjoy family-friendly games, races, an antique tractor display, craft and food vendors, a barbecue and more.
“It’s become a really wholesome, feel-good sort of event,” said Kate Luczko, marketing and public relations chair of the Canterbury Fair Committee. “All of the food is prepared by volunteers … and all of the money raised goes to help town funds and residents in need.”
The Canterbury Ladies Benevolent Society had sponsored the annual Canterbury Country Fair and Bazaar for years, but it wasn’t until the group added a chicken barbecue in 1959 that the event started to evolve into what it is today.
The crowds and profits increased dramatically with the new barbecue, which today remains a staple of the event and is presented by the Sunset Mountain Fish and Game Club. As the fair continued to increase in popularity, it was eventually listed by the National Geographic Society as an outstanding nationwide attraction.
This year’s fair is being dedicated to Olly Fifield, a longtime Canterbury resident who died on Feb. 26 at the age of 90. A large photograph of Fifield will be on display at the announcer’s table, where Luczko said he would always sit.
“He was always an announcer at the fair, and he and his family are very embedded and involved in the community … so we wanted to dedicate the fair to him this year,” she said.
The fair kicks off at 9 a.m. with the Woodchuck Classic 5K Road Race and 2K Chipmunk Scramble Kids Race. Race day registration starts at 8 a.m. and prizes will be awarded to the winners in different age groups.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. items at the chicken barbecue will be available for $10 per person; this year will include pulled pork and crepes for the first time.
Live music and dance performances will be held throughout the day, beginning at 10 a.m., and this year will include Americana singer-songwriter Tim Gurshin, Mark Hopkins and Friends, Badger’s Drift from the Backtrack Band and Canterbury’s Morris Dancing Team. A full schedule of craft vendors is also planned.
“We’ve got more artisans and more demonstrations this year than last year,” Luczko said. “We’ve got a guy making guitars, we’ve got spoon makers, wood turners … and even a flintknapper, which is an artisan who makes arrowheads, so that’s not something you see every day.”
The annual “What-Not” tag sale, another longtime favorite at the fair, will also be returning. The sale features a wide variety of used books, antiques, crafts and other items.
Brand new wooden fish have been made for this year’s canoe pole fish pond, Luczko said. Kids can try their hand at fishing, as well as enjoy other activities on the green like face-painting, climbing into an antique tractor and meeting farm animals.
The town historical society is introducing a new exhibit to this year’s fair called “A Trip through Time on the Canterbury Railroad” in the Elkins Memorial Building. Luczko said author Kathryn Grover will be there to talk about the project and about her recently released book on the town’s contribution to the railroading industry. 





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