Columbus Day Fair epitome of autumn

by Town Reminder

Annual event set for Oct. 8

By Kristin Will
Staff Writer

SOUTH HADLEY – The town is set to become tag sale city during its infamous Columbus Day celebration of crafts, good food and great bargains.
Mainly set on the picturesque town common beneath brightly colored leaves rustling with the autumnal breeze, crafters will assemble their goods and wares while residents line the street with tag sales Monday, Oct. 8.
South Hadley’s Columbus Day Fair is a fabulous fall tradition that draws thousands of visitors from far and wide.
All Saints Church has assumed responsibly of the event from the United Methodist Church this year with Rene Beauchemin leading the way.
“It’s a great venue,” he said. “There are thousands of people that go through the town common.”
Officially vendors set up at 8 a.m. and soon after at 9 a.m., people start to trickle on in.
“If someone’s got something to sell, this is the place to sell it!” said Beauchemin. “I think it’s great for the non-profits. It’s a great way to make some money if you’re trying to raise money for something.”
A variety of vendors set up each year – from booths selling honey and sand art to homemade blankets and wooden salad bowls. The Center Church will host its annual a book fair and tag sale. April Marion will be offering Zumba on the town common for one hour during which any fairgoer who would like to try it out can for free.
“A lot of regulars come back year after year,” said Beauchemin.
Homemade food and baked goods, however, might just steal the show. All Saints Church is famous for its chili and baked potatoes.
Fried dough carts pop up around the corner of the common and almost every other booth can be found selling a cupcake or sweet treat. This year, students from the Dean Tech Culinary Arts Program will be cooking up some delicious delights for fairgoers.
“It’s such a great thing, especially if it’s cold out and you get a bowl of chili and you walk around and see everybody you know,” said Beauchemin.
The annual Columbus Day Fair promises to be a great time. “Come and join us!” he said. “It’s going to be a great day. We’re hoping for good weather!”