The Recorder – Fete Noel Fall Festival Fair returns to the Montague Center on Saturday

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Posted: 11/11/2021 4:29:00 PM

MONTAGUE CENTER — The First Congregational Church of Montague will hold its annual Fete Noel fall festival fair for the first time since 2019 on Saturday.

The fair, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will feature crafts, a sale of used clothing, church-prepared food and raffles for prizes. All proceeds will be donated to local and global mission groups.

Ann Fisk, a church member and organizer of the fair, said the event was something the church had been organizing “easily since the 1970s”. She is optimistic that the decades-old tradition can rebound strongly in its first year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We hope it’s a little more than a mess,” she said.

One aspect of the fair that Fisk is looking forward to is the amount of second-hand clothing that will be on sale.

“We have a room full of used clothes in great condition,” she said.

She also praised the selection of food and beverages that will be prepared in-house, including coffee, muffins, donuts and a lunch of corn chowder, gluten-free vegetable soup, sandwiches and of pumpkin roll.

Whatever the reason people might want to come, Fisk said serving the organizations that will benefit from the fundraiser should be enough of an incentive. Groups benefiting from the donations will include the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts Housing Office and NEADS World Class Service Dogs. In the past, the fair has raised $2,000 to $3,000 each year, according to Fisk.

“I hope some people just come to support,” she said.

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or [email protected]

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