LITTLETON — A beautiful day is a beautiful chance to send a message, Susan Tordella said.
From a “Black Lives Matter” booth to Muslims discussing their faith to handcrafted jams and pickles, the 130th annual Littleton Country Fair, hosted by the First Church Unitarian, is taking place this Saturday at Fay Park. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free as are many activities.
All religious and walks of life are welcome to the “low tech” fair, said Tordella, who is a leader of the church and has been a member for close to 20 years.
“It’s a really wonderful community event for our church and the community at large,” Tordella said. “We try and highlight what we do and what we care about. We try to put our values into action.”
The family-friendly fair includes a huge yard sale — titled “ultimate recycling” — with household goods, books, jewelry, toys, sporting equipment, furniture, vintage items available as well as a pop-up farmer’s market. Free live music will be around, including the Unitarian Universalist Ukulele Group, a 20-30 member group of ukulele players.
The event will include re-usable plastic,16 ounce cups for water. Water is $2 as those who return the cup will get a $1 back. The church is expected to wash them in the top rack of the dishwasher and use them again.
“This was not an easy problem to solve,” Tordella said of providing recyclable products for large events. “We are asking fair workers and everyone to bring their own water bottles to get free water fill ups.”
Canine competitions — starting at 11:30 a.m. — will be back for a third year. Dog events included is a parade with a costume contest; a tricks and talents contest; “best dog kisser”; and best owner-dog look alike contests.
Other events include:
- An “ask the pastor” event with Rev. Lara Hoke in a booth much like Lucy of Peanuts fame, answering “profound questions “for a donation.
- Giant Jenga and free bubble making for kids.
- Town Democratic Committee will help people register to vote.
- The country store showcases a variety of homemade jams, jellies and hand-made crafts. Homemade pies, scone and coffee at 9 a.m. and lunch will be served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Members of the Littleton Reuben Hoar Library and Littleton Historical Society will be in attendance.
Gluten-free, vegan and meat-lovers lunch options are on the menu, Tordella said. There are puppet and magic shows for kids and toddlers.
Leashed dogs, kids of all ages and wheeled mobility devices are welcomed. About 100 people are volunteering, Tordella said.
A fixture in the community since the late 1800s, the fair was originally organized by the women’s groups within the church as a fundraiser for the church and various organizations, according to the church’s website. The event used to be housed on church property, but has slowly incorporated Fay Park over the year.
Saturday, a staple of the town will be back for another year.
“We believe in the here and now,” Tordella said. “We believe in all faiths and this fair shows that.”
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