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Out & About: Dog Show, Auction, Shortcake, Highlights of Fair in New London

  • Scenes from a past St. Andrew's Summer Fair. The fair has been taking place in New London since 1966. (Courtesy of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church)

  • Scenes from a past St. Andrew's Summer Fair. The fair has been taking place in New London since 1966. (Courtesy of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church)

  • Scenes from a past St. Andrew's Summer Fair. The fair has been taking place in New London since 1966. (Courtesy of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church)



Valley News Calendar Editor
Wednesday, July 04, 2018

New London — In New London, the first Saturday of July means one thing: It’s time for the annual St. Andrew’s Summer Fair.

It takes place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 52 Gould Road, New London. Activities will also be taking place on the town green. Admission is free.

Held since the summer of 1966, the activities can vary from year to year. One of the most beloved events at the fair is the “Dog Celebration,” which is coordinated by Ellen Yenawine.

Categories include best costume, dog with best personality and owner/dog look-alike.

“We have one class for kids and their dogs where everyone wins, and we have folks who tell some very moving stories about rescues and other poignant tales,” Yenawine said in an email. “We often see some amazing tricks, and the Best Behaved Dog class brings in some great obedience displays.”

The contest is judged by an AKC judge. Volunteers help with registration, recording, announcements, stewarding, awards and photography at the show.

“I love organizing this show every year because it celebrates dogs and their people of all ages, and everyone has a great time,” Yenawine said.

New this year is a live auction, which is being run by Peg and Joe Daly and replaces the silent auction. There will be about 25 items ranging from children’s bikes and jewelry to antiques and collectibles, and home decor.

There’s also a white elephant sale and a book sale. There will also be a barbecue and summer-favorite strawberry shortcake, which is fair treasurer Anne Hall’s favorite.

“I love the Vermont cheese too,” Hall said. “We always have Vermont cheese and it’s excellent.”

Editor’s note: For more information about the fair, call 603-526-6344. Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com.