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.

PHOTOS: May Fair 2016

Scores of New Canaanites and area residents arrived at the (pesticide-free) grounds of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Saturday for the annual May Fair. Under a gray sky and scattered light rain, children and families smiled and screamed on rides, feasted on barbecue from the Holy Smokers, as well as cotton candy, strawberry shortcake, pizza from Joe’s Pizza and ice cream from Baskin Robbins, shopped at the hugely popular White Elephant tag sale and enjoyed live music from School of Rock New Canaan musicians. For the second straight year, the fair featured a “Friday Night Lights” preview prior to the traditional fair, with rides and food.

PHOTOS: 2015 May Fair

The 66th annual May Fair went off without a hitch, as a festive crowd enjoyed rides, games, food and entertainment under sunny skies on Saturday, May 9. It was also the first year fairgoers were able to experience the event under the stars, as St. Mark’s Episcopal Church presented the premiere edition of “Friday Night Lights”, which proved to be a huge hit.