The Sugar Loaf United Methodist Church, located at 1387 Kings Hwy. in the heart of Sugar Loaf, NY, will host its 102nd Annual Church Fair on Sat., Sept. 16, rain or shine. The Fair will open at 10 a.m. with the traditional ringing of the bell and will end at 2 p.m. In past years, the line of fairgoers has stretched out to the highway as people eagerly wait to check out the bargains in the white elephant booth, buy delicious baked goods, or purchase handmade crafts.
Throughout the past century, the annual Church Fair has been a day to visit with friends and neighbors and to support the “community” church. A Warwick Valley Dispatch news article from July 1916 mentions food, fancy work and entertainment at that first Fair. This year the fair will continue many of those early traditions.
Good things to eat have been a big part of every Fair and this year will certainly offer something for everyone’s taste. There will be dozens of delicious pies, along with home-baked breads, cakes, and cookies. Also for sale will be homemade candy, jams and jellies, and gifts in a jar. Sandwiches and homemade chili will be available for lunch at the snack bar.
The Church has a very active and dedicated group of crafters who work throughout the year making each of the items for sale at the Fair. Old-fashioned fancywork will include hand knit sweaters and accessories, American Girl doll clothes and furniture, Noah’s arks, baby items, and denim rag rugs. There will be a large selection of Christmas and Halloween decorations and items for home and garden. The “pet shop” will feature dog sweaters and other items for your four legged friends. The white elephant booth is sure to offer many “treasures’’ for very little money and shoppers always enjoy browsing through the boxes of used books.
Items for sale are handcrafted and homemade by members and friends of Sugar Loaf Methodist Church and all proceeds support the ministries of the Church. Come visit the Fair and see why this traditional event has endured for the past century!
For more information, call Jane Gareiss at 986-4557.