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Guilford Community Fun Fest Aug. 20

Guilford Community Day is back with a new name. Now known as the Guilford Community FunFest, it is hoped that this year is bigger and better than ever before. You won’t believe all that is in store for you August 20th from 9:00 in the morning all the way through until 10:00 pm. Yes that’s right! 10:00 at night. However, most of the activities take place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Included in that time frame are: Number 1 on the list are Crafters and Vendors lining Main St. and the Methodist Church. Get your Christmas shopping done early with wonderful hand crafted items including jewelry, wood crafts and Indian crafted items and much more. Along the same line at the Methodist Church the Church Ladies have organized a White Elephant sale, basket extravaganza and home-made candy sale. There will also be a quilt show there and a chance to win one. So, bring your hand crafted quilts or antique quilt and description and/or history thereof and be eligible for a prize for the most favorite quilt. Contact: Bev Gridley at 607-895-6813.

It’s not without saying, that the Guilford Garage/Lawn sales play an important part in the usual community day events and this year is the same. So be prepared to wander the streets and side streets of Guilford looking for those great sales. Anyone who needs a table having a sale, contact Elaine Pikul at (607) 895-6325. And as you wander and browse listen to the music of Gary Jennings, famous International Singer.

Guilford is also beginning a kickoff commemoration of the Civil War so re-enactors from various units will be available to answer your questions and show what it may have been like back then.

We are now up to number 3.

This is right up there with Number one and two as there will also be an antique/classic car cruise-in sponsored by the Klee House trustees. Wander Main Street and take a gander at some of the best restored and preserved cars in the area.

Number 4 on the list; A cancellation stamp has been designed for the day. Take your letters and cards to the Guilford Post Office window to receive the special Community Day Fun-Fest cancellation stamp featuring a Civil War soldier. Special stamps of Civil War battles will also be available. Hours are 8:00-12:00. The Guilford Carry-On 4-H Club will be selling Popcorn and snow cones at the Post office.

The fifth item, not to be missed, is at the Klee House-next to the stone church. The Guilford Historical Society is sponsoring a great display of Guilford’s part in the Civil War, Guilford Homes, Businesses and Farming. The farming display is intended as a salute to the farmers of yesterday and today with photos depicting some of the old and new farming technologies. It is an on-going project for GHS and we are still in the process of collecting farming and house photos. If you have any old and/or new photos, please bring to the Klee House for us to scan. The GHS will also be selling the Guilford Crocks and Guilford history books. There will also be raffles during the day. A wonderful hand stitched quilt plus a 50-50 raffled will be held. The tickets for these items will be available at the Klee House and the Methodist Church. The GHS also would like to help in supporting the Klee House as it is a great place for many groups to meet. There will be a novelty table set up with many unique (antique and new) items for sale to support the Klee House overhead.

During all the activities you may feel hunger pains and have we got a deal for you. Stop in at the Guilford Firehouse for their famous Firemen BBQ Chicken and the Methodist Church for your salads and baked beans. If you prefer hot dogs, hamburgers or sausage, those too are available at the Methodist Church. The Vigas family will also be selling BBQ at the corner of Furnace Hill and Main St. More fun items are added to the agenda every day. Surely there is something for everyone.

Now last but not least, is the reason for the 10:00 pm or later close of the day’s events. For a donation of a non-perishable food item as admission, box or canned good, you may enter the Methodist Church at 7:00 pm and attend a dance. The dance will be emceed by our very own Guilford DJ, none other than Scott Parsons. From 7:00 to 10:00 you can dance the night away to all your old favorite tunes and feel your youth come back, at least for awhile, and know you had the best time at the Guilford Fun-Fest and who knows, you may take home a prize or two besides all the goodies you bought.

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