Westminster West Fair features 'peacemakers'


WESTMINSTER WEST -- The 25th annual Westminster West Community Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, with a theme of "Peacemakers, Local and Global."

The Grand Marshals of the annual parade will be Patti Whalen and Fletcher Proctor, who live in Westminster West. Whalen has spent six years as a justice on the International War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Proctor is the Westminster Town Moderator, a former School Board member, and a lawyer in Putney.

"They represent some of our local peacemakers as well as global peacemakers with Patti's work over in Bosnia and Fletcher moderating disputes locally," said Betsy Williams, one of the fair organizers.

Whalen for the past 10 years has also helped bring women judges from Afghanistan to visits in Westminster West, fostering international understanding and cultural exchanges.

Admission to the fair, held in the heart of the village off Westminster West Road, is free. It starts at 8:30 a.m, and runs until 3 p.m., and includes a fun run for kids and 5K race for adults, with prizes; a bake sale; a parade through the village; music on the church lawn by the Grafton Cornet Band; a veggie chop-o-matic game; a silent auction with terrific bargains; a talent show; a delicious chicken barbeque lunch for sale; a fortune teller and face painting; and a golden elephant sale.

This year's featured Silent Auction offerings include a two-night stay in a Manhattan apartment, a Harrisville floor loom and a 1960s set of solid wood bunkbeds from the Maine State Prison workshop in Thomaston. Other nice offerings include a violin/fiddle and antique colored glass cups.

Leslie Turpin, another fair organizer, said the fact that the annual event is celebrating its 25th year is also notable.

"It says that this little village is always ready for a good time, and is willing to really do the work to pull everybody together," she said. "It's the one event where everybody is there, and it's for all ages, and the community really goes through a lot of work to make it happen."

Proceeds from the fair help support the community use of the Congregational Church of Westminster West building and community suppers held there.

Full details and a schedule can be found at www.westminsterwest.org.


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