- Friday September 28th at 5 pm and
- Saturday September 29th starting at 10 am
At the Faire, you'll enjoy continuous entertainment for all ages. Highlights of the Olde Redding Faire include a large Midway on Saturday only that features many events and activities for children inFor many Reading residents fall officially begins with Ye Olde Redding Faire, which celebrates its 55th anniversary on Friday, September 28, from 5-9pm, and Saturday, September 29, from 10am – 2:30pm. Ye Olde Redding Faire is a town institution, and many long-time residents who grew up enjoying the Faire now bring their own families to do the same.
But it’s not just families with children who enjoy the festivities – in fact, there are many ways to “do” the Faire depending on how you describe yourself. Here are some suggested itineraries for the uninitiated, but those who will make a return trip to the Faire this year know that there’s no wrong way to enjoy it!
Foodies. If you find yourself flipping channels between the Food Network and the Phantom Gourmet you are probably a Foodie – someone whose quest for good food goes from casual to calculated. Though it’s not Zagat rated (yet), you can find some amazing home-cooking at the Ye Olde Redding Faire.
- The Annual Friday Night Supper, now requires no reservation! A whole new menu will be featured !
You’ll be too full after the dinner to munch on much else, but head over to the Bake Table for a variety of home-baked goods to take home. Return on Saturday morning and you’ll find Mrs. Lois Steele hard at work, making her famous Mrs. Steele’s Fried Dough. Once lunch comes around stop by the Picnic Basket for an amazing overstuffed lobster roll and cup of chili. Pick up a plate of fudge at the Fudge Table or a homemade caramel apple at the Farm Stand to end the two-day feast on a sweet note.
The Bargain-Hunter. You are a coupon-cutting, comparison-shopping, lean, mean, bargain hunting machine. In this economy folks are looking for bargains that can stretch the family dollar, and there are plenty of opportunities to be found at the Faire. From furniture to home goods, toys to fine items like china, glassware, and jewelry, the Faire sells it all – and at ridiculously low prices. Faire organizers search eBay for comparable items and then cut those online prices in half for the Faire customers.
The Parent. You have perfected the art of stroller folding, and have more Cheerios in your car’s backseat than in your cupboard. You are a parent. Here’s the good news: the entire Ye Olde Redding Faire is kid-friendly and geared toward families, so it is the perfect place for parents to bring children of all ages. Your first stop should be the toy room – just follow your ears to the place where the kids’ allowance can purchase a great deal of fun. Once the kids have found their treasures, go downstairs to the Country Marketplace, and find the Kid’s Corner. Make-your-own cookie creations and a candy counter can provide an excellent sugar high, or you can wander into the “Book Nook,” where books for children are especially popular. You can get junior plenty of new reading materials at fantastic prices.
- FCC-ARCADE The Faire also features games, prizes and fun at FCC-ARCADE for kids of any age, ...which is always a big draw. On Saturday the FCC-ARCADE expands to feature a giant inflatable bounce house and face painting.
All are welcome. As you can tell, this is an event not to be missed! The Faire is held rain or shine, and admission is always FREE OF CHARGE. All proceeds from the Faire benefit the outreach and ministry of the congregation, so buyers know that their purchases go to support a good cause.
Come spend a day of food and family fun at the First Congregational Church of Reading, 25 Woburn Street, Reading.