St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne hosted its 161st Church Fair and Country Auction, and the families of St. James School were invited to attend.

The event is one of the longest standing country fairs in the nation, and proceeds benefit St. David’s outreach projects in Philadelphia, Norristown, Guatemala and Uganda.

“The fair has become a special way for St. David’s to connect with the community through wholesome entertainment,” says Shari Noteware, Chair of the 161st St. David’s Fair. “Fair proceeds have allowed the church to carry out unique outreach work that positively impacts communities both at home and abroad. This includes feeding local homeless, educating at-risk youth in Philadelphia, and supporting our ministry partners in Guatemala and Uganda through the construction of churches, schools and medical facilities.”

This year, St. David’s extended a special invitation to the St. James School community. St. David’s Church members collected enough funds to charter a bus for the school to the fair. The church also provided all students with ride and game passes, and each family was given enough St. David’s Bucks for a full day of fair food and other goodies.

The fair drew more than 4,000 people from the church and its surrounding communities. The highlight of the day was “Midway,” several acres of games and inflatable rides, as well as a train ride, pony rides, a rock wall, face painting, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making and more.

Students and families enjoyed lunch from McDavid’s grill, followed by sweet treats like lemon sticks, old-fashioned candy apples and homemade baked goods.

Special thanks to fair co-chairs Shari Noteware and Kristin Nevins for their incredible hospitality and Associate Rector Reverend Matt Holcombe, as well as the many generous parish donors for making our school family day such a special day.

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