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Glen Ellen Village Fair donates proceeds

By Shannon Lee

Oct. 10, 2021, was a great day here in town, as has been (almost) every second Sunday of October over the past 30 years. The Glen Ellen Village Fair is a beloved annual event, with all the small-town charm that you can imagine. This past year’s theme was “The Good Ol’ Days,” a sentiment coursing through the day from the parade to the quilt raffle. The town was jubilant to celebrate (somewhat cautiously) after waiting patiently to reboot from a canceled year.

Now the Glen Ellen Fair Association is proud to announce the distribution of donations to the community based on the success of last fall’s fair.

This year, six local groups each received $300. The groups receiving donations are the Friends of Dunbar School/PTO, the Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters’ Association, the Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department, the Glen Ellen Historical Society, the Glen Ellen Forum, and the Glen Ellen/Kenwood Rotary.

Fulfilling part of the mission of the annual event, the fair association is grateful to the generous community that makes these donations possible. This year’s donations are twice what was achievable in 2020, when the fair had to be shelved due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This annual village fair truly takes a village to come together. Hardworking volunteers start in on the process every spring, about six months ahead of the fair. The planning team meets monthly to discuss the theme, a choice of grand marshal, logistics, responsibilities, the auction, raffle ticket sales, parade planning, musical acts, and more. The association actively encourages anyone to join in to help keep this event alive and vibrant.

Please contact the association at [email protected] if you’d like to be part of the team, have ideas, or have questions.

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