Rita O'Shea Irish Step Dancers have led off the entertainment every year of the Fair. Photo: Paula Salerno, 1999
Melrose Victorian Fair
Held annually in September, the fair occupies
two blocks of Main Street in the historic retail district. A
featured event is the Little Folks Victorian Parade for
children aged four to twelve. Local dance groups, a capella
singers, and martial artists entertain the crowds of 12,000 to
14,000 people, while children can choose from the moon-walk,
carousel, giant slide, pony rides, and kiddie train. A wide
variety of foods and activities are available at over 170
booths, including miniature golf, caricatures, games, and a
dunk tank. A drawing is held at the end of the day for the Big
Ticket Raffle. A community tradition for 19 years, the first
fair was held to showcase the newly renovated downtown with
its Victorian lampposts.
Project documentation includes an eight-page
narrative, thirty colorful 8 x 10 photographs with descriptions,
copies of newspaper coverage, several programs from the 18th Annual
Melrose Fair (1998), five posters, two flyers, a tee-shirt from the
1999 Fair, and information on the town of Melrose.
Originally submitted by: Edward J. Markey, Representative (7th District).
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