Wapping Fair brings cheer to South Windsor

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Melissa and Novi Fiaccone along with grandma, Donna Brennan, enjoy the amusement rides and games. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Melissa and Novi Fiaccone along with grandma, Donna Brennan, enjoy the amusement rides and games. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The Wapping Fair – held Sept. 5-8 at Evergreen Walk - was the go-to place for fun and entertainment for the entire family.

Among the attractions were food stands, music, petting zoos, rides, games and even a magic show. Animals were on exhibit throughout the fair, including cows, chicks, rabbits and goats for all to see and pet.

Sarah Poulin took her son, Jacob, to pet the goats. “Jacob is having a great time,” said Poulin. “We have seen so many animals and walked all around the fair. It’s a beautiful day, so we’re having a lot of fun.”

Fairgoers walked through a tented area that was filled with several vendors. TDG Financial was offering free child safety chart packages, including the child’s photograph and digital fingerprints, along with all the child’s personal information. Bonnie Laramee took advantage of this free offer for her daughter, Morgan. “I want to do all I can to be sure she is as protected as possible,” said Laramee. “It’s great that they have this type of program. Parents should do this for their kids.”

At the fair’s Bubble World, an inflatable pool was filled with soapy water and bubble-making tools. Bill Killoran let his 2-year-old daughter, Ella, make as many bubbles as she wanted. “She’s having fun just blowing bubbles and laughing,” said Killoran.

Dan Delgallo took his two sons and one of their friends on some rides. “We are having a blast,” said Delgallo. “It’s a fun family time and there is so much to do.” Noah and Ben stood next to an inflatable alien alongside their friend, Ben. “We want to go on more rides and play the games,” said Noah. “I like all the rides. We want to play more games, too.”

Melissa Fiaccone took her son, Novi, and mother, Donna Brennan, to the fair. “Novi really likes to watch the games being played,” said Fiaccone. “My mom is here to help me with Novi. He wants to ride all the rides and run all over. He’s having so much fun.”

When Greg McAdams and his dog Axel took the stage for his magic show, the crowd applauded. McAdams asked one favor of the crowd.  “If you like the show, clap loud, but if you don’t like the show, still clap loud, okay?”

Jessica Lonczewski, marketing chairman for the fair, said, “The fair is the largest project backed by the South Windsor Jaycees. Last year we had more than 20,000 people come to the fair. We are hoping to have even more people come out this year because the weather is so great. The fair seems to get better and better each year.”

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