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Wellesley N A Z S I O S H A N S I writer School Fairs PAUL LESLIE - SMITH Community Building at Its Best when the snow melts or the leaves change color, all the fairs share: building a feeling of community, whether with the one thing is inevitable in Wellesley —'tis the season for school fairs. greater Wellesley population, or amongst parents, teachers, alumni, Sandwich boards and banners appear around town announcing each and students. fair, families plan attendance—including those outside their elemen- We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 tary school district—and everyone prays for good weather. While all the fairs have their own different features and entertain- Patty Dunn, who started Orchardfest (known more colloquially as the Tenacre Fair) in the early 1990s, summarized this best when she said, "The fair unifies the town, school, and neighborhood." ments, such as the haunted house at the Bates Pumpkin Fair, with three different levels of "scariness" so that young children can partici- Lo Nursery in South Natick last fall and overhearing two older women, pate and graduate over time to the next level, or the go-kart ride only whose kids had clearly graduated from high school, talking about the available at the Hardy Beach Party, there is one overarching theme that 114 Lisa Foley, co-president of the Bates PTO, remembers being at Windy date for the Bates Pumpkin Fair. One friend was reminding the other to

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