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Melrose Victorian Fair 2012


It's September and that means it's time for the Melrose Victorian Fair. Each year the fair seems to get bigger and bigger.  Booth spaces numbered 187 at last check and then there were the artists and crafters at Artisan Alley. A large section of Main Street is closed every year to accomodate the crowds.  Some years, the attendance is over 10,000.



This year's fair was a wonderful blend of community organizations and the business sector. Students sold items as fundraisers for their sports teams.


I went clothes shopping at my favorite booths, hoping to achieve the Melrose chic look like this staffer at the Rada Boutique booth.


My co-workers were on hand to answer questions about banking and to give away some cool items.


The day started out cloudy and then the sun came out and the temperature was perfect.

 
In my opinion, the best giveaway at the fair was a Tshirt from Full Circle Design.


Some people brought their dogs. In fact, I saw almost as many dogs as babies.


Turner's Seafood did a brisk business.  They were serving mini lobster rolls and clam chowder.


Center stage had a variety of performers. One could see Irish step dancers, karate demonstrations, and choral groups.


A municipal parking lot served as a mini carnival with games and rides.


Another cute dog takes it all in from street level.  I hope he enjoyed himself.


I liked these costumes the best of all the center stage performers. Melrose chic, mais oui!


I was asked to take a photo of this man who is 90+ years old.  He rode his bike to the fair and then relaxed outside the local Starbucks at the heart of all the action.

 
I told you dogs were plentiful.
 
 
Center stage was not the only place for performers. There were clowns and living statues.


This man wanted to talk about free speech and the democracy amendment question on the November ballot.

Kudos to the Melrose Chamber for organizing another first class Victorian Fair. It was a perfect day.

Comments

What a great festival. Sure looks fun
Benny & Lily
Marina Pérez said…
It looks amusing!
Marina
I love fairs and this one looked like so much fun! I love seeing dogs when you least expect them! And that dear old man does not look like he is in his 90's! I hope you had a wonderful day!

XO,
Jane
Val said…
I love the shots of the older man and the girls with their bright lipstick. :)
Oh, I just love this kind of thing....now if only it was just a little bit closer!!! I would have been right there with you!

Sarahx
It really looks like such a fun time! Beautiful pics!

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