The fair must go on

Weather put a damper on Unionville Com­mu­nity Fair

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Fran Maye fmaye@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @ken­nettpa­per on Twitter

EAST MARL­BOR­OUGH >> Cloudy, damp, wet weather kept many peo­ple away from the 92nd an­nual Unionville Com­mu­nity Fair last week­end, but over­all it was still a suc­cess, fair of­fi­cials said.

“The weather didn’t co­op­er­ate the en­tire week­end, but we man­aged through it,” said Deb Deck­man, fair pres­i­dent. “We had ven­dors can­cel at the last minute. And we had no ven­dors Fri­day night, but the lip synch bat­tle went on. And on Sun­day, there were not as many ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and fam­i­lies.”

The weather even forced the can­cel­la­tion of the Ken­nett Area YMCA’s pop­u­lar Barn­yard Olympics.

The fair fea­tured live en­ter­tain­ment, car­ni­val games, cow pie bingo, a me­chan­i­cal bull ride, cook­ing and bak­ing com­pe­ti­tions, live­stock dis­plays, a dance con­test, a scare­crow-mak­ing con­test, a celebrity milk­ing con­test and much more. The fair’s farm show, in fact, has the largest dis­play of com­mu­nity agri­cul­tural and home prod­ucts, hand­crafts and arts in Ch­ester County.

De­spite the weather, the lit­tle cir­cus and the Pump­kin Chunkin, Deck­man said, was a hit with fair­go­ers.

“The Tiny Home (ex­hibit) was a huge, huge suc­cess and we will have more of that next year,” Deck­man said.

Ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Unionville Com­mu­nity Fair this year were the Long­wood Fire Com­pany, the Po-Mar-Lin Fire Com­pany, and Ken­nett Area Com­mu­nity Ser­vice.

Last year, the fair was in jeop­ardy of clos­ing be­cause no one stepped up to fill the pres­i­dent and trea­surer po­si­tions. But af­ter a mas­sive pub­lic­ity cam­paign, Deck­man of West Grove was elected pres­i­dent; Jeff Lewis was elected trea­surer. This year, the fair had a man­ager, Pam Ep­pinger, to help vol­un­teers.

PHO­TOS BY FRAN MAYE — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Lo­gan Schwartz pets a llama at the Unionville Com­mu­nity Fair dur­ing the first week­end of Oc­to­ber.

This huge pump­kin took first place.

The crowd watches a per­for­mance at one of the tents at the Unionville Com­mu­nity Fair last week­end.

Art­work sub­mit­ted to the Unionville Com­mu­nity Fair hangs in the ex­hibits tent.

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