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Afton May Fair this weekend

The 20th Annual Afton Area Business Association's May Fair will be May 19-20 in Afton's Old Village. The event will include food and art vendors, children's games and activities, a blood drive, a yard sale and live entertainment.

Tis the season for celebrating spring and Afton is no exception.

The Afton Area Business Association's 20th Annual May Fair will be May 19-20 in Afton's Old Village.

"It's a beautiful way to spend a spring day," Deb Larson, of the Afton Area Business Association, said.

This year's May Fair will bring back many favorites.

May Fair will include a wide variety of art vendors including: yard art, photography, ceramics, clothing, garden plants, bath and body products, purses, spring dresses, bird houses and doll clothing.

"We have a wonderful assortment this year," Larson said. "There will be a lot of fun things we haven't had before."

In total, Larson said they are expecting between 60 and 70 vendors.

In addition to the art vendors, food vendors will be set up at May Fair including: roasted nuts, berry kabobs, berry pizzas, hot dogs, nachos, corn dogs, Chinese food, Mexican food, kettle corn, a beer garden, sandwiches and mini donuts.

However, the biggest food draw will likely be the recently reopened Selma's Ice Cream Parlour, which will be handing out ice cream samples.

"Selma's is open, which is huge," Larson said. "Having them open right across from the park is wonderful."

May Fair will also have fun activities for children as well including the Happ E. Hill Express train rides, a bungee jumper, the Carpenter Nature Center's Birds of Prey and "sparkly hair tinsel" services.

Proceeds from the hair tinsel will be donated to the Harriet Tubman Battered Women's Shelter.

The festival will also have live music both days in both the park and at Swirl Wine Bar.

And of course you can't forget Saturday's Old Fashioned Pie Baking Contest.

However, a familiar face will be missing from this year's contest, Larson said, Blue Ribbon baker Marjorie Johnson will not be judging this year.

Instead, Scott Bartel, a radio DJ from WDGY, will judge this year's contest.

And May Fair wouldn't be complete without the May Pole dancers, Larson said.

New this year

Even though many of the crowd favorites will be back at May Fair again, a few new attractions will be there this year as well, Larson said.

A new event this year will be the Afton Historical Society's "Picker's Yard Sale."

Larson said the Afton Historical Society approached the Afton Area Business Association about hosting the yard sale as a fundraiser to purchase mannequins, and historical clothing for the Afton Museum.

"Apparently they're pretty expensive," she said.

The Afton Historical Society has been soliciting donations from the community to be included in the sale.

"I think it adds a fun element to the event," she said.

Another new element will be the Memorial Blood Bank Blood Drive.

"Any opportunity we have to help them, we'd love to do it," Larson said.

As long as the weather holds up, Larson said, May Fair should be a fun day for everyone.

"We're always looking to make it bigger and better every year," she said, "and I'm extremely pleased with the lineup that we have."