“Huggins Street Fair”, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire — Saturday, August 6, 2016.

by Anura Guruge

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All taken with my Fuji X-E2s.

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I have been going to the “Huggins Fair” (now called the “Street Fair” though it is held, entirely, on a field) since 1992 — with at most 3 or 4 exceptions due to calendar conflicts. In the early days, when I did a LOT of toy shopping for the kids, we used to get there prior to the Friday morning opening and spend quite a few hours at the fair on both Friday and Saturday. I also used to buy a LOT of books (and by that I mean a few boxes at a time). Those days are now long gone.

Over the last 6 or 7 years we just go late on Saturday evening — basically to ‘treasure hunt’ when everything is on ‘SALE’. As the kids point out we are not looking for anything in particular — just things that catch our eyes (and that is also the case with books). This year, per plan, we got there just as 6pm — just in time for a sizable shower. But that was OK. However, the inclement weather scheduled for the evening had kept the crowds away. It was the QUIETEST I have ever seen this delightful Fair — but it was still, as always, lively and fun.

I was ULTRA selective in the books I picked up. Just a dozen I think — and 4 of them were pope books. I am now getting books for posterity — for my library WHEN I AM GONE! Has to be my old age. Doesn’t bother me. Not sure who will take the books BUT I plan to leave some good books for the discerning. I got some good (i.e., ‘rare’) books. That was all I got — plus two $1 hot dogs sans the buns. I spent $4. Teischan spent $3 — $2 on a HUGE cup of ice cream. Deanna might have spent a bit more. Way, WAY down from what we usually spend — and it is a good cause. I think we spent $60 last year and I normally budget $100 for the fair. Nonetheless we had a good time. Kind of strange that we did NOT buy any nicknacks! Usually we spend about 2 hours on Sunday sorting out all the ‘treasures’ we picked up. Not this year. 

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