New Canaanites this weekend will descend on St. Mark’s grounds for one of the town’s most beloved annual traditions.
May Fair organizers say the cherished rain-or-shine event is in its 70th year and that they’re keeping their fingers crossed for good weather for both Friday Night Lights, which runs 5 to 10 p.m., and the all-day fair that opens 9 a.m. Saturday.
“It’s a tradition and it kind of marks people’s springtime—‘It’s Mother’s Day weekend—time for May Fair,’ ” Co-Chair Kit Devereaux told NewCanaanite.com. “I think people have a great time.”
A fundraiser for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church outreach programs, May Fair draws thousands to Oenoke Ridge each spring for rides, music, barbecue and the Saturday-only White Elephant and book sales.
Devereaux, who is serving as co-chair alongside George Wright, noted that May Fair’s hugely popular strawberry shortcake is another main attraction.
“We just hope everybody comes and has a grand time,” she said.
As of late Thursday, the National Weather Service called for a chance of showers Friday and clear weather through most of Saturday.
May Fair’s huge tag sale features thousands of items, including jewelry, furniture, rugs, china, crystal, art, collectibles, lamps, kitchenware, linens, electronics, toys, games, sporting goods and lawn furniture, according to the St. Mark’s website.
In addition, May Fair’s famous Holy Smokers (using their trademark St. Mark’s Bell Tower BBQ Sauce) serve up smoked brisket, pulled pork, corn on the cob, hotdogs and hamburgers, and grilled chicken, while local vendors are on hand with pizza, ice cream and other treats.