Wapping Fair preparations underway

By Lillian R. Handleman - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Wed., Aug. 10, 2011
Two-day-old chicks bring delight to Ari and Randy, both of South Windsor, at last year's Wapping Fair. File photos by Martha Marteney.
Two-day-old chicks bring delight to Ari and Randy, both of South Windsor, at last year's Wapping Fair. File photos by Martha Marteney.

What do you get when you combine racing pigs, bumper cars, aerial stunts, carnival rides, top-notch entertainment, fun food, farm animals, contests, shows, and more than 700 baking and arts and craft exhibits? You get the Wapping Fair, one of South Windsor’s most anticipated annual events, which returns this fall to offer something for everyone, from toddler to adult.

Steeped in town history since it began in 1892, the Wapping Fair is a spectacle of wholesome, hometown high jinks that includes acrobatics, fire-eating and stilt-walking. Where else can you see Ed the Wizard, Ronald McDonald, a mind-blowing contortionist, a rock band and a death-defying sword-swallower all for the price of a sandwich?

This year's fair, run entirely by volunteers, will be held Sept. 8-11, at the fairgrounds behind Evergreen Walk. It will be the culmination of a year of planning and coordinating by the fair’s organizers, the South Windsor Jaycees, whose efforts have been the driving force behind this successful event for the past seven years. The Jaycees use the net proceeds from the fair to fund many popular community events and worthy projects, such as the purchase of a defibrillator for the town, training equipment for the town fire department, and a police dog for the police department.

Fair organizers invite local business to become vendors. With more than 30,000 fairgoers each year, participating vendors have the opportunity to introduce their service, sell products and get referrals. Whether a business has a service to offer or a skill to teach, the Wapping Fair provides an opportunity for great exposure, while supporting the community. For more information on becoming a vendor, contact South Windsor Jaycees Vendor Committee Chairman Melissa Conte at 413-388-2377 or e-mail wappingvendors@aol.com.

Volunteers who would like to provide assistance on the fair grounds, in the food tent, or in the exhibit and animal areas are also encouraged to apply. There are nearly a dozen committees that need help, and volunteers get free admission and a free meal. Those interested may e-mail Caroline Winter at: friendsofthefair@aol.com.

Wapping Fair Committee President Paul Petrillo said the emphasis of this year’s fair is on education and agriculture. He said there will be wood-carving, candle-making, cow- and goat-milking, and butter-making, as well as interactive games.

Guests can enjoy the carnival-style games, ride the Star Jet, climb the rock wall, listen to singer Paul Tyler, eat some pulled pork, enter the sack race, see the doodlebugs, bake a pie, or win a contest.

This year’s Wapping Fair promises to be bigger and better than ever, packed with all the frolic and merriment you would expect from a hometown event. Organizers encourage you to support your town and the local Jaycees by partaking in some good, old-fashioned fun.
For more information, visit www.wappingfair.org.

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