May Fair set at St. Marks
Published 3:24 pm, Tuesday, May 3, 2016
NEW CANAAN — The annual fair famous for its homemade strawberry shortcake is this weekend at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge.
The 67th annual May Fair, beginning with “Friday Night Lights” on May 6 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
May Fair is recognized as Connecticut’s largest one-day fair.
Back by popular demand, “Friday Night Lights” will serve as a prelude to the main event on Saturday, and will hold a special appeal for young adults and kids, offering all of the carnival rides, music, and special food concessions. St. Mark’s will sell an “unlimited rides” wristband for $25 exclusively for “Friday Night Lights” attendees.
“We are very excited to hold the Friday Night Lights program for the second year in a row,” said Mark Thorsheim, May Fair co-chair. “The town of New Canaan has been extremely supportive of St. Mark’s and our May Fair event for so many years.”
On Saturday, the fair will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a full array of rides, games, entertainment and White Elephant and book sales.
The May Fair White Elephant Tag Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., features thousands of items including jewelry, furniture, rugs, china, crystal, art, collectibles, lamps, kitchenware, linens, electronics, toys, games, sporting goods and lawn furniture. Delicious foods will be available for purchase including grilled chicken, smoked brisket, pulled pork, corn on the cob, hot dogs and hamburgers, pizza, ice cream and the fair’s famous strawberry shortcake.
St. Mark’s BBQ ministry, “The Holy Smokers,” prepare for May Fair long in advance, and stay up for days to smoke the brisket and pulled pork sold at the fair, using their trademark St. Mark’s Bell Tower BBQ Sauce. The Food Court will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until supplies run out.
Pivot Ministries Men’s Choir will be performing inspirational Gospel music, and local performers including the New Canaan High School Jazz Band, and Cluster Funk, are scheduled to perform.
A “Go Green” tent will be part of an effort by St. Mark’s to promote a healthy Earth. A bike parking area will be available to encourage guests to ride instead of driving cars and hunting for a parking spot. Please bring your own lock. The Get-About Shuttle will provide service from the railroad station parking lot and from the St. Aloysius parking lot.
By attending May Fair, the public supports the mission of St. Mark’s, and helps to fund generous outreach donations to charitable organizations locally, nationally and internationally. For more information, call the parish office at 203-966-4515, or go to www.stmarksnewcanaan.org.