It’s a ‘Fair for All’ this weekend at Riverside benefit

Fun and games in a carnival atmosphere is great. But it’s even better when all that fun is going on to benefit some great Greenwich causes.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual Fair For All event on the church grounds at 200 Riverside Avenue on Friday, May 31, from 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday June 1, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The old-fashioned family carnival will help to fund the church’s outreach programs, including Inspirica, Neighbor-to-Neighbor and Kids in Crisis.

A family tradition in Greenwich, the 72nd annual Fair will include carnival rides and games, a book sale, bake sale, a dunk tank, hot food and cold refreshments. Younger kids can have their faces painted by local artist Wells Noonan.

Families can save money on the cost of rides by purchasing $25 wristbands for unlimited rides on Saturday until 3 p.m. For the older kids, there are $20 bands good for unlimited rides on Saturday between 6 and 8 p.m.

Bands will be sold in the church office through today, May 30 and the daytime ride wristbands are also available for sale at the fair for $30.

In addition to the rides by Rainbow Amusements, a popular attraction for teens is the vintage dunk tank, where young members of St. Paul’s volunteer to sit above the water as their friends take turns pitching a ball toward the machine to try to drop them in for a swim.

St. Paul’s Fair also includes the book sale which has become a very popular part of the fun. Organizers said that people often line up early on Friday to purchase $10 passes to the 6 to 8 p.m. preview sale which they said was a chance to shop for the best selection. With thousands of titles on sale this year, the books are organized by category, ranging from children’s and adult fiction to antiques, business and finance, history and biography as well as DVDs and CDs.

On Saturday the Book Sale is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with fill-a-bag bargains during the last half hour.

This year’s fair will benefit the church and its outreach programs: Neighbor To Neighbor, Kids In Crisis, The Den for Grieving Children, Inspirica, Adult Day Care of Greenwich and other charities. Every year, St. Paul’s donates some proceeds from the event to non-profit organizations.

More information is available at stpaulsriverside.org.

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