CANTERBURY — An annual volunteer-run celebration of small-town community, this year's Canterbury Fair will once again kickoff with the Woodchuck Classic 5k Road Race, and also include traditional Morris dancing, children's games on the green, a huge What-Not "tag" Sale, a used book sale, antiques, live music, canoe polo on the fire pond, juried crafts, a pie baking contest, food for every taste, and a special drumming performance.
Always the last Saturday in July, this year's Fair is on July 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Canterbury Center.
Many local organizations lend a hand to make the Fair a success, including the Sunset Mountain Fish and Game Club, which provides a chicken barbeque. "The secret BBQ sauce has been a crowd pleaser for many years," said Canterbury Fair Chair, Lisa Carlson. Tickets are available for sale throughout the morning of the Fair.
For the second year, a pie-baking contest will be held. Three categories of home-baked pie will be evaluated by local "celebrity judges" who will taste pies in the blueberry, apple, and the "wild berry" (open) category. After the judging, the pies will be sold as desserts at the Chicken Barbeque and at the baked goods table.
Music will fill Canterbury Center for most of the day with Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman accompanying the Morris Dancers, as well as local groups "The Fiddling Thomsons," "Home Folks," and a special drumming performance this year.
The Canterbury Historical Society uses Fair Day to open an exhibit in the Elkins Memorial Building, with this year's installation entitled "Canterbury Through the Years 1900-2000." Their one-room schoolhouse is also open for the Fair.
Parking is available nearby for a $5 suggested donation, with free bus service to the Fair. Canterbury Center is closed to vehicular traffic during Fair Hours.
Net proceeds from the Fair benefit the Canterbury Fund, which aids local families in need.