The lush green lawn of the Ladies Village Improvement Society headquarters will be brimming with laughing children and hungry barbecue-goers when the 117th annual LVIS fair is held on Saturday. According to Wendy Serkin, the LVIS fair chairwoman, the event grows by leaps and bounds each year.
This year, the LVIS has created a new family area, where children and their parents can keep cool and interact with a magician, get their faces painted, and listen to stories read aloud by children’s book authors. In particular, Barbara Dana, author of “A Voice of Her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson,” will read her book in costume as Emily Dickinson.
When the kids want to expend their energy and get a thrill, they can hop on the mechanical swing ride, play a “Pop-A-Shots” basketball and football game, and of course, take a spin on the carousel—an LVIS fair staple. Ms. Serkin said a new “fantastic” carousel with updated features will be used this year.
Fair-goers will listen to live music of Just Good Friends, a folk band, as they stroll around the grounds in search of goodies, like vintage clothes from the LVIS Bargain Box store and flowers from the nursery tent.
Many items will be up for silent auction this year, including antiques, paintings, fitness classes, gift certificates to salons and retail stores, and tickets to Broadway shows. Those who want a head start can place their bids online at lvissilentauction.com until 6 p.m. on Friday.
The fair will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., and LVIS fair volunteers and Lions Club members will open a clam and wine bar at 2 p.m. The much anticipated barbecue will start at 4 p.m. and run until 7 p.m.
According to Ms. Serkin, thousands of people attended the fair last year and helped raise funds for LVIS’s many efforts, from beautification of the village to a high school senior scholarship program.
The very first LVIS fair was held in 1896 at Clinton Academy and raised $565.49 through ice cream, lemonade, cake and flower sales. Since then, the fair has grown in size and scope. In 1990, the fair settled on the lawn of the Gardiner Brown House on Main Street, LVIS’s headquarters.
For more information, visit lvis.org, or call 324-1220.