WINCHESTER - The En Ka Fair 2019 is starting this week on Friday, May 17 and co-chairs Charlotte Richardson and Rose Anne Krutt and more than looking forward to this year’s fair.
The co-chairs describe the fair as “Winchester’s hometown tradition that gathers generations of families to experience an old-fashioned Fair.”
The hours of the fair are Friday, May 17 from 5 - 11 p.m. and Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Advanced tickets can be purchased on the fairgrounds Thursday, May 16 from 12 - 6 p.m. and Friday, May 17 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The parade begins at Winchester High School Saturday, May 18 at 9 a.m.
This year’s theme is “The En Ka Fair, A hometown tradition.” Richardson and Krutt explained that they chose this theme because it embodies the fair.
They further stated that “everyone in town goes to the Fair. Kids grow up attending the Fair and so many memories are made there. Ask anyone in town what comes to mind when you mention the En Ka Fair and you’ll get so many different answers. Some will mention the aroma of fried dough, others will talk about the thrill of riding the Zipper, some come to find treasures at the Jewelry Tent and others find joy marching in or watching the parade. There really is something for everyone at the Enka Fair!”
Richardson joined En Ka six years ago and really gained a greater appreciation for all the behind-the-scenes efforts. She mentioned that she was hooked from the first time she wore her blue smock and captained a ride. She noted that it was so much fun experiencing the fair from a different perspective as she had been attending the fair regularly for 20 years prior.
She further stated that “it has been an honor to co-chair the Fair with Anne Krutt and work with all of the 250 members of our sisterhood.”
Krutt mentioned that she joined En Ka 12 years ago and chairing the fair has been a goal of hers since then.
She specified how “the Fair really encompasses the heart of the En Ka Society. In addition to bringing joy and fellowship to our community each spring, it is the fundraiser that provides most of the finances to support our generous grant program. The Fair benefits so many! It is an honor to co-chair!”
As for changes from last year, Richardson and Krutt mentioned that there are a lot of new initiatives this year. For the first time, the En Ka Society partnered up with the Winchester High School to hold a contest to create the Fair’s poster. The winner was WHS senior Elizabeth Rozmanith who created an eye-catching poster that captures the feel of the Fair. She also created a logo which they’ve used in many ways.
Also, Chloe Pienaar another WHS senior created a hype video for the Fair which they will use this week. The En Ka Fair t-shirts were also introduced and the back of the shirts has the big bold logo that Rozmanith created. The shirts will be available for sale (adults $15 and youth $12) on the Fairgrounds in the Exchange Shop Tent on the grassy area between the Jenks Center and the Hope Christian Church. The Exchange Shop Tent is being integrated into the tents on the grassy area between the Jenks Center and Hope Church where you may score a vintage item or the new Fair t-shirts.
There has also been much more involvement in social media including a 14-day countdown featuring a different aspect of the Fair each day. You can follow En Ka online on Facebook by searching for “EnKa Society,” Instagram by searching “EnKaWinchester” and on Twitter “@EnKaSociety.”
The En Ka Quilt will be raffled off at the Fair and has been displayed at five different locations in the weeks preceding the Fair. Richardson and Krutt truly appreciate the Jenks Center, Winchester Savings Bank, the Winchester Public Library, Better Homes & Gardens, The Shanahan Group, and the Winchester Cooperative Bank for displaying the beautiful quilt made by the En Ka members. They will be raffling off a corn hole raffle set as well and tickets for this and the quilt will be available at the information booth.
Richardson and Krutt mentioned that this information tent has moved and is now located by the main entrance to the Fair off Mount Vernon Street near Hope Christian Church, beside the First Aid Tent. On Wednesday, May 15 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. a silent auction will be held in conjunction with En Ka Day at Mahoney’s and an example of one of the auction items is a baseball signed by a Red Sox player.
Thousands come from all over to enjoy Winchester’s hometown tradition celebration, claimed Ruth Ann de Redon, 2019 En Ka Fair Publicity Chair. The community can get involved by attending the fair, enjoying the food, playing some games, hopping on a ride and more! If anyone is interested in volunteering for a few hours please e-mail EnKaFair19@gmail.com.
Richardson and Krutt stated that “we’d love everyone to treasure their time at the Fair. Breathe in the experience and remember all of the special moments. And, please spend generously so we may continue to provide grants to support the community. The Fair is our biggest fundraiser of the year; we have distributed over $1.5M since 2000.”