After a brief hiatus last year when a Volunteer Fair took its place, the more-than-a-century-old Norfield Congregational Church Fair returns to Weston this weekend.
Norfielders are in the home stretch this week, preparing for the church’s 111th traditional fair this Saturday, June 8, which will be open on the grounds of Norfield Church from 9 to 4.
The Norfield Fair began in 1899 as a strawberry festival organized by the Norfield Ladies Aid Society to build community spirit. A program from the Sept. 1, 1951, 50th annual fair said the main objectives were to create an opportunity “both to have a good time and to do something worthwhile.”
The church fair continues today as a way to bring the community together and to raise money for local charitable organizations throughout Fairfield County.
Since 1990, Norfield has donated more than $1 million to charities from fair proceeds. Beneficiaries have included the Weston Food Pantry, the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, and the Carver Center.
This year, proceeds will benefit the Norfield Children’s Center building renovation project. The non-denominational children’s center offers preschool and before and after school programs and is located in the church’s Christian Education building.
Fairgoers will find the traditional Norfield Fair “institutions,” including:
• Grandma’s Attic tag sale. Donated items for sale under the big tent run the gamut from planters to crockpots, sports equipment to glassware, as well as toys, small electronics, household items, and furniture. There is an Early Bird special from 8:30 to 9 a.m. — for $5, get first dibs on the best items.
• Books and Entertainment Booth. Check out hundreds of used books, board games, movies, albums and cassettes, and educational software.
• Walton’s Corner. This is where fairgoers will find collectibles like jewelry, china, silver and pewter, porcelain figurines, vintage linens, kitchen utensils, and ceramics.
• Country Kitchen. Home baked goodies and treats and pantry items will please every palette.
There is also a lot to do at the fair, including children’s games, face painting, and live entertainment throughout the day.
Renowned children’s magician Danny Diamond will be performing magic tricks followed by balloon twisting on the front lawn in Children’s Games from 10:30 to 1.
For the adults, Colleen & Quinn, a local duo performing rock and roll, blues, ballads, “newgrass,” Irish tunes and more will serenade the crowd beginning at 1.
There will also be plenty of live local talent.
Fair organizers are still accepting Grandma’s Attic donations in the Mike Tine Youth Room in the Christian Education building from 9 to 4 through Thursday, June 6.
For more information on the Norfield Church Fair, visit norfield.org or call 203-227-7886.