38th Peru Fair to be held Saturday


PERU — When the 1987 romantic comedy "Baby Boom," starring Diane Keaton was filmed in Peru it drew people from near and far to the little village that was quintessential Vermont full of scenic beauty, charm and a couple of characters sitting on a front porch.

Not much has changed in more than three decades since the film was released including its fall celebration which will be held for the 38th straight year this Saturday.

Recently named one of the state's 10 Best Fall Events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, this year's Peru Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.But don't be driving up the mountain from Manchester at 8:55 thinking you're early.

For one thing, most of the parking is at the Bromley ski area down the road a bit where buses will deliver you the event.

The parade steps off at 9:45 and you'll need to get in line nearly that early for the pig roast, hailed widely as one of the best parts of the whole day.

"You have to get there early," said Laurie Gayda, chairwoman of the fair committee this year. "It's very popular and it goes fast."

And, Gayda said, the firemen aren't making more so when it's gone, it's gone.

Fortunately, there's plenty of other food lining the streets of the village, Gayda said.

And this year, the streets will be packed.

Gayda said there are 11 more vendors this year than in years' past and there are some new entries this year mixing things up just a bit.

"We're excited that we have a lot of new vendors," Gayda said. "There's a lot of neat, new crafts or things people haven't seen in the past."

A couple of new things this year is that JJ Hapgood store will offer a beer garden for those looking to wet their whistle and the Vermont Institute of Natural Science will be there with raptor flights.

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Otherwise, it's the same Peru Fair that has become so popular over the years.

"The theme is still the same," Gayda said. "It's all about crafts, food, entertainment and meeting up with your neighbors and meeting new people."

Parking is always one of the issues for the Peru Fair.

Gayda said to remember that even people who need handicapped parking need to park at Bromley where a handicapped-accessible bus will deliver them to the village.

Just allow the extra time to make the transfer and to get back to your car.

One new wrinkle the fair committee has included this year is some parking on Lovers Lane or Hapgood Pond Road near the Peru Fire Station.

Taylor Farm of Londonderry will be offering tractor-drawn wagon rides from that area to the village free of charge.

"It's kind of a hidden gem," Gayda said of the extra parking and wagon rides.

And while it's not officially part of the fair, there will be an after-party at Johnny Seesaw's from 2 to 6:30 with food and the Don't Leave band playing to wrap up the day.

Entrance to the fair is $6 per person and will be held rain or shine.

More information is available at www.perufair.org.

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy

@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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