CARTHAGE — The annual St. James Fair is coming soon.
The unofficial harbinger of summer has returned to the grounds of St. James Church is next Friday and Saturday. The 38th annual event once again will benefit Augustinian Academy and will feature many favorite events and some added features. The hours of operation are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.
A variety of ethnic food will be available throughout the three-day event, with booths for Italian, Lebanese and American fare and specialty items, including steamed clams and a fair favorite: fried dough. In addition, there will be specially priced meals for children from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The fair boasts entertainment and games for the entire family. Ontario Amusement Rides will provide rides, with a wristband special from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will be carnival-style games for all and games of chance for the adults, including blackjack, money wheel, big six wheel and pull tabs.
There will be fantasy face painting by Kelly Cassoni and the ever-popular dunking booth. Community members, students and business leaders, including Carthage Republican Tribune editor Jeremiah S. Papineau, will take half-hour turns in the dunker.
As “fair insurance,” to offset costs in case of rain, there will be a raffle. Tickets at a cost of $1 each, six for $5, 12 for $10 or 18 for $15 are available from any parishioner or at the fair. Prizes include two $500 top prizes, with $50 going to the seller of each, and 10 second-place $100 awards. The drawing is set for Saturday.
“St. James Fair is a great opportunity for the people of Carthage to get together to enjoy one another, good food, lots of fun and the beauty of June in the north country,” said Sister Annunciata Collins, Augustinian Academy principal.