The Bryn Athyn Country Fair will offer fun for all ages when it debuts Sept. 21 on the grounds of the Mitchell Performing Arts Center in Bryn Athyn.
The new, hopefully annual, family- friendly event is being sponsored by NewChurch LIVE, The Academy of the New Church, and Bryn Athyn College, all located in the borough.
The event will be held from noon to 6 p.m., rain or shine, with free admission and free parking. Among the activities will be:
· Live music – something for all ages – and Irish dancers
· Cupcake baking contest
· Family friendly activities including dunk tank, blow-up slide and obstacle course, games with prizes
· Cuisine from local restaurants
· Local artisans, craft vendors, and craft activities for all ages
“This event is a great way to kick off the fall season, build community and get the family out together,” said the Rev. Chuck Blair, senior pastor at NewChurch LIVE. “It’s a nice, casual afternoon with something for the whole family.”
The three entities hosting the fair - all connected by the New Church Christian faith - are hosting the event as a “friend-raising initiative,” said Blair, “with the hopes that we can build community with our neighbors.”
The NewChurch LIVE (www.newchurchlive.tv) holds Sunday services at the Mitchell Performing Arts Center. Its mission, said Blair, “is to create a ‘Monday Morning Church,’ one that is caring, accepting, and relevant.” The Academy of the New Church (www.ancss.org) operates two secondary schools, the Boys School and the Girls School, and Bryn Athyn College (www.brynathyn.edu) is a small, private, liberal arts college founded in 1877.
The fair will offer music for all ages provided by the NewChurch Live Band, as well as groups featuring high school and college musicians. An Irish dance ensemble and other performers also are scheduled.
Artisans and crafters will display a wide variety of goods, including jewelry, art, and holistic body products such as lotions and make-up. A fire truck, photo booth, dunk tank and caricaturist will be on site, and activities will include a blow-up slide and obstacle course, face-painting, cake walk, whip cream pie-throwing contest, ring toss, children’s fishing game, booths featuring children’s crafts, and give-aways.
Fair-goers will have a chance to sample cupcakes entered in a baking contest. A panel of judges will choose winners in two categories: taste and decoration.
Cupcakes won’t be the only edibles to be sampled. Area restaurants and food establishments will offer their specialties, and funnel cake, popcorn and other fair favorites will be available.
Visitors also may stop by a variety of booths hosted by organizations such as the Bryn Athyn Bounty Farm Market, the Bryn Athyn Thrift Shop, Bryn Athyn College, The Academy of the New Church, and the Bryn Athyn Historic District.
For directions to the Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Road (at Tomlinson Road and Huntingdon Pike) see www.mitchellcenter.info. For additional information about the Bryn Athyn Country Fair, call Hannah Lermitte, events coordinator for The Academy of the New Church, 267-502-4864, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.