‘Have Fun While Doing Good’: May Fair Organizers Call for Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help run one of New Canaan’s most treasured community events, officials say. The organizers of May Fair say about 200 volunteers are needed to fill what are typically two-hour shifts on the evening of Friday, May 6 and in the morning and afternoon of Saturday, May 7. (Sign up here.)

“This is an opportunity to re-engage with the community, meet new neighbors and new friends, and contribute toward the worthy cause of helping our outreach mission reach many, many needy charities in Fairfield County,” May Fair co-chair David Shea said. “Have fun while doing good.”

Walkable for many from downtown New Canaan, the family-friendly May Fair features rides, games, food, live music, a massive tag sale and the best strawberry shortcake around, among other attractions. (Here’s a podcast with Shea about May Fair 2022.)

Some 425 volunteers are needed to run May Fair, and as of Tuesday afternoon 231 had signed up, he said.

Podcast: ‘May Fair’ Returns in 2022

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to David Shea, who serves as co-chair of May Fair (see video embedded below), along with “Holy Smoker” George Wright. After two years of cancellations due to the pandemic, the hugely popular May Fair is back on—scheduled for Friday, May 6th (4 to 9 p.m.) and Saturday May 7th (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). We talk to David about what May Fair’s all about, including the organizations that benefit from it, what goes into organizing May Fair, what’s on offer this year and also, ways that organizers are introducing new features for New Canaan’s growing community of young families. 

We also note here that nearly 400 volunteers are needed to put on the May Fair and there are slots open—those who are interested can call the St. Mark’s church office 203-966-4515 or email info@stmarksnewcanaan.org. In addition, donations for the May Fair tag sale are welcome, they’re taking drop-offs at the church house of toys, art work, jewelry and find goods, and people may call in for pickups of furniture and housewares.

May Fair 2021 Canceled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

May Fair has been canceled this year due to the pandemic, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church officials said. Though the town has made “outstanding progress” on vaccinating residents and the state is permitting fairs to operate at 50% capacity, “we carefully discerned that it is still too early to attempt such a large, multi-faceted gathering,” according to a letter published by St. Mark’s Senior Warden Stan Twardy, Junior Warden Mark Thorsheim and event Chairman George Wright. “We believe that the joyful spirit of May Fair is rooted in the joyful Spirit of God,” the letter said.

‘People Have a Great Time’: May Fair Set for Friday Night, All-Day Saturday

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.”

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PHOTOS: May Fair 2017

Friday Night Lights proved an ideal time to attend New Canaan’s annual May Fair due to an early closure caused by rainy weather on Saturday. Children and adults of all ages gathered at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church to go on rides and eat a variety of the fair’s classic foods ranging from hot dogs and pizza to cotton candy and ice cream. Kit Devereaux, one of May Fair’s organizers, said Saturday’s rain had a positive effect on the fair insofar as it brought crowds in earlier. “Friday Night Lights, in its third year, was the most successful we’ve ever had,” she told NewCanaanite.com.