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Origins Of The Fair


Dear Kitty,

Thank you for the long article on the Fisherman's Fair. However, according to my dad, Clarence (Kelly) King, the fairs started before he was President of the SIS between 1953 and 1955. So I figure Mr. Sisti is off at least 13 years. During the 1950s the fair was known as the Springs Fair or the Springs Bazaar. The Springs Village Improvement Society has two publications, 50 Years with the Springs Village Improvement Society and Springs A Celebration.

In 1954, Fireplace Lodge girls camp attended the Springs fair dressed in pillow case costumes for a children's parade held at the event. A picture is in the Springs A Celebration. Maryann at the Springs Library may have articles dating the first fair. In the early years the booths were made of wood. They had branches with leaves across the top for shade. Needle work and home baked goods were two of the booths I remember. Dad has slides with ladies dressed in dresses working at the fair and/or shopping. How things have changed over the years.

Editor's Note: Kitty Merrill quoted Sisti as saying the fair was "about" 40 years old, despite the fact she attended the first one when she was 27.

DEANNA TIKKANEN
August 15, 2006

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