Submitted by the Peru Fair Committee
Peru's Village Green and its two hundred yard long Main Street will once again play host to several thousand visitors at its annual fair on Saturday, September 26.
"We've really got a terrific group of over 90 local craftspeople and companies exhibiting and selling their wares this year," noted Fran Tobia, long time committee member. "Weather cooperating, we are really hoping to top last year's attendance of over 3500 people who still showed up, even on a rainy day."
The Peru Fair, now in its 30th year, has become a community event with over 50 town and local area volunteers and high school seniors pitching in to help make it a success to the benefit of the Peru Scholarship Fund.
"Some people may be away one year, but they are back helping to man the gates the following year," said Virginia Morgan, the committee member responsible for the annual raffle awarding numerous gifts donated by local business people to the lucky winners. "Over time, there is probably not one of the town's 400 residents who have not helped out in some way or another. That's what makes it so special for all of us," She added.
This year's pig roast, headed by Lisa Cronin is always a big draw and starts serving at 11 a.m., shortly after the 9:45 opening parade - an assemblage of farm animals, antique cars and children taking all of 180 seconds as it traverse the full length of Main Street, ending at Peru's 140-year old Hapgood Store.
The parade, along with hayrides, pony rides, local bands and dance groups gives the Peru Fair a special local flavor - perhaps explaining why it has been named one of Vermont's top ten attractions by the State's Chamber of Commerce.
Come rain or shine, the Fair will open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Parking and bus transportation is available from the Bromley Mountain parking lot - about a five minute ride away.
A donation of $5 to the Peru Education Foundation, which provides funds to every Peru child going on to higher education, is a suggested admissions gift.