By Shannon Lee, President, Glen Ellen Fair Association
Join your friends and neighbors at the 31st annual Glen Ellen Village Fair, Sunday, Oct. 9th, noon to 5 pm Plan to enjoy more than 40 vendors, live music, a parade, Kids’ Alley, and the best of community along Arnold Drive between London Ranch Road and Warm Springs Road.
Remember that Arnold Drive will close to through traffic at 9:30 am on fair day and reopen at 6 pm In addition, access to Carmel, Horn, and the section of O’Donnell behind the post office will also be restricted during this time.
This year, our beloved street fair celebrates the town’s 150th year with the theme Glen Ellen 1872–2022: The Tradition Continues. As always, the parade kicks off the event right at noon, beginning at the corner of Carquinez and Arnold. The Grand Marshals this year are long-time community (and fair) volunteers, Leslie and Kevin Vaughn.
Would you or your group like to be in the parade? Please contact Kimber Evans and Steven Raffaini at [email protected] Day-of entrants will either be sent to the back of the line or be turned away if the parade is already full.
As the parade finishes, the booths open and the music begins. We will have more than 40 booths lining the street, offering arts and crafts, food and beverages, and information about nonprofits or other causes. Don’t miss the Kenwood Press booth on the corner in front of the newsroom. There may still be booth slots available, but you must inquire no later than Sept. 20 by emailing [email protected]
In 2022, Kids’ Alley is back! Popo the Clown will offer timeless face painting and fun, entertaining games. Is there anyone out there who would like to provide and manage an art station or something else for the kiddos? Please contact Amanda Shone at (707) 338-8241 or [email protected]
The fair boasts two musical stages, the main stage at the post office parking lot and the second stage in front of the Glen Ellen Inn. The second stage will feature local youth performers such as singer-songwriters Abbey Rose and Violet Skye, and still has room for others to sign up. Please email [email protected] and your interest will be forwarded to stage coordinator John LemMon.
The main stage acts for 2022 (booked by Pat Carlin) are No Account (featuring Kenwood Press editor- in-chief, Paul Goguen, on drums), Loosely Covered, and Petty Rocks. The main stage will be managed by Laurie Pile, with sound and logistics handled by Andrew Booher.
One of the main missions of the Glen Ellen Fair Association is to help give back to the community, and to that end there is an annual raffle of a quilt (see photo). This year’s quilt was compiled by Laurie Pile and Margie Foster from some of the previous fairs’ colorful and fun Tshirts! Thanks go out to Lisa and Michael Hardy, Kevin and Leslie Vaughn, Chuck Palenchar, Rory Pool, and Ritch and Margie Foster for donating some of their treasured tees, even going back to the first fair shirt in 1991. Machine quilting was done by Mary Slack of Sew Krazee, and if you look closely, you can spot hidden aliens, shooting stars, and spaceships in the design, some of which were enhanced by Laurie’s embroidery. Be sure to check out the back of the quilt for a surprise appearance!
Raffle tickets can be purchased the day of the fair or by mailing a check payable to GEFA to PO Box 96, Glen Ellen, CA 95442. Your raffle ticket stubs will be mailed back to you. Raffle ticket prices are: three tickets for $5; seven tickets for $10; or 15 tickets for $20. Buy often, and you may be able to take home this one-of-a-kind quilt. The raffle will be at 4:45 pm on the main stage, and you need not be present to win.
The fair auction was so popular last year that it is being rebooted in 2022, bringing a little competition to this day of fun and gathering. The highest bidder wins! We are still looking for any size donations for the Silent Auction. Your donation can be from an individual, family, or business. We are especially in need of a big-ticket item. Signage about the donor will be included on the tabletop during the fair. If you have ideas or donations for the auction, please contact Amanda Shone at (707) 338-8241 or [email protected]
It truly takes a village to mount this annual event, and the Glen Ellen Fair Association is so grateful to the large team of volunteers, musical acts, vendors, and patrons for helping us to keep this great small-town tradition alive. See you on Sunday, Oct. 9!