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Fall Fairs Attract Crowds

Weather cooperates — sort of.

A few showers here and there didn’t keep fair-goers from enjoying the many fairs and bazaars that were held this weekend in this area. Two fairs were held in Alexandria — the North Ridge Festival at George Mason and another at Trinity United Methodist Church. In the Mount Vernon area, Hollin Hall Senior Center held their annual bazaar, while both Browne Academy and Burgundy Farm Country Day School held their Fall Fairs.

“The [Browne Academy] event was well-attended with over 300 people present from Browne and the local community. The day featured a bake sale, games, rides and plenty of crafts for children of all ages. The Family Fun Festival is held in conjunction with Brownes’ very popular Second Annual 3K Fun Run and Walk,” said Mary Tobias, administrator at Browne. "Both the Family Fun Festival and Fun Run are sponsored by the Browne Academy Parents Association."

Burgundy Farm had a successful day as well. Bargain hunters came out early to check out the treasures at the white elephant sale. Shortly thereafter, more people came to enjoy other events offered that day: scarecrow making, a haunted house, games, pony rides, children’s crafts, craft sales, a moon bounce, book fair, entertainment and food and beverage booths.

One o’clock was the magic time at the Hollin Hall Senior Center on Saturday. That was when bidding closed on the silent auction. Bidders scurried around, checking on their bids and putting in a final bid for one of the hundred or so items available for auction. That still left them with another hour to check out the many crafts tables located throughout the center and pick up a sweet from the bakery.

More fairs continue through the end of November.