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Country fair promises old-fashioned fun

Boy Scouts, teenagers playing dodge ball, an Elvis impersonator, and barbecue chicken: these seemingly unrelated attractions are all part of the Shenendehowa United Methodist Church's 50th annual country fair.

The fair will be held on Friday, Sept. 7 from 4-9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Clifton Park church is on Route 146 across from the entrance to the Shenendehowa campus.

Parishioner Mary Predel is the fair chairwoman.

It's the one and only big fellowship that we do with the entire church, Predel said. "Our motto this year is 'Faith, fellowship, and fun.'"

Each day of the event will feature an auction. The first is a silent auction on Friday, in which donated items such as a three-hour limousine ride, tickets to a future event at the Times Union Center, and a getaway to Lake Placid will be auctioned off. Visitors will place open bids on a sheet of paper in front of the items, and the high bidder will be awarded at 8 p.m.

The second auction will be a traditional auction with a professional auctioneer on Saturday at 11 a.m. Parishioners have donated unwanted items throughout the year, which will be sold.

Other highlights of the two-day event, which raised $26,000 for the church last year, include a performance by an Elvis impersonator from 6-9 p.m. on Friday and a barbecue chicken dinner from 4-7 p.m., also on Friday night.

Dr. Kyle Osborn will on hand for two hours each day to answer health questions from local seniors.

Joan Van Patten, who has been chairwoman for the fair in the past, is responsible for public relations this year.

"I believe that it brings the people together," Van Patten said. "This way, we're all working together and you get to meet new people. It's a good feeling for our church members."

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