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Yankee Doodle Fair Returns To Westport For 73rd Year

Treat the family to a day of carnival rides, games, food and fun this weekend at the Yankee Doodle Fair in Westport.
Treat the family to a day of carnival rides, games, food and fun this weekend at the Yankee Doodle Fair in Westport. Photo Credit: Cheyenne Haslett

WESTPORT, Conn. — The last remaining carnival in Westport, the Yankee Doodle Fair, hopes to delight residents of all ages when it opens a day late on Friday.

The fair, now in its 73rd year, was canceled Thursday because of rain. It is organized by the Westport Woman’s Club with Stewart Amusement Co.

Mary Lee Clayton, event chairwoman and club president, encourages Westporters to head out and enjoy the fair “certainly Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”

It boasts 16 rides for kids of all ages. “On the upper level we have rides for toddlers and on the lower level we have rides for teenagers,” said Clayton.

In addition to carnival rides, there will be a Lucky Prize Drawing--an opportunity to buy $1 tickets and place them in prize boxes for a radio-operated car, jewelry from local jewelers, certificates from local restaurants, or tickets to the Westport Country Playhouse.

New to the fair this year will be the different food vendors contributing to the International Food Court.

Visitors can enjoy homemade goods prepared by members of the Westport Woman’s Club, grill and soft serve from the Cow-Abunga food truck, ice cream from Skip’s Ice Cream truck, and Westport Chinese Takeout.

The Curio Cottage Thrift Shop will also be open during the fair, which, according to Clayton, “has some very lovely things and is very reasonably priced.”

Raffle tickets will also be available for $10. Prizes of up to $1,500 will be announced Sunday. Buyers need not be present to win.

The fair is held on the woman's club grounds, 44 Imperial Ave., and the adjacent Imperial Avenue parking lot. Admission is free and hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

All proceeds from the fair go toward community grants and college scholarships for Staples High School students. This year, the Westport Woman’s Club will fund 10 to 12 scholarships and give out about 35 grants. One of the largest grants this year -- $5,000, which will be covered by the fair -- went to the Wakeman Town Farm. The fair raises $40,000 to $60,000 each year.

More information on the fair can be found here .

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