All's fair: Foul weather can't stop the fun at Dwight
"We had planned to kick off Friday, but the rain was just too much," Dwight School PTA President Michele Whelan said standing near a popcorn stand on damp ground Saturday. "But the field dried out pretty quickly and the sun is shining. Fingers crossed that it stays that way!"
Even though the first night of the annual fair at the Redding Road school was a washout from the buckets of rain that fell all day, the fun got rolling Saturday even though the weather was a little on the spotty side.
The event welcomed scores of families to enjoy over a dozen carnival-style rides, activity galleries, a bake sale, grilled food and face painting. To make up for cancellation of Friday's festivities, the fair was extended to Sunday.
"The event is a huge Dwight and Greenfield Hill community event," Whelan said. It's Dwight students' favorite event of the year. Proceeds fund PTA activities, like art in the classrooms, author visits, teaching gardens, junior achievement and assemblies."
Whelan and fellow event planners waited until the eleventh hour Friday to cancel that evening's activities, hoping that the precipitation would hold off. While it did pause briefly after the dinner hour, Whelan said, "It created unsafe conditions and pools of water everywhere." Despite the cancellation, the organizers' spirits were not dampened and they moved ahead with a show-must-go-on attitude.
Judging by the good times Saturday, the rain was already a distant memory, supplanted by cotton candy, hamburgers and popcorn. Pop tunes broadcast from large speakers echoed across the fairgrounds, large amusement rides flashed and spun, and children ran from attraction to attraction with squeals and laughter.
Flipping mini basketballs into hoops at one booth, 6-year-old MacLain Prom, a first-grader at Dwight, said he liked best a ride that had him upside down and spinning a lot. I got kind of a good headache."
Parul Pomichter, of Fairfield, was grabbing a bite to eat at a picnic table with her three children. "We love coming here," she said, "and have come every year since my eldest son Stash (now 11) was in kindergarten here at Dwight. It's a great fair."
Fairfielder Lis Reed, watching her 7-year-old daughter Madeline, a Dwight second-grader, come shooting down the Super Slide, called the event "great family fun."
"It's an old-style, safe, easy, happy deal," she added