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July 25, 2013

Annisquam set to host its 167th Sea Fair

By Times Staff
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — The heart of Annisquam will become a haven of activity for all ages at Saturday’s 167th Annisquam Sea Fair, with games, shopping, food and the iconic Wax Works show.

The event kicks at 10 a.m. The fair portion concludes at 3 p.m. but there will be live entertainment in the school yard in the late afternoon as well as the dinner on the bridge event.

The fair is a benefit for the Annisquam Village Church and the Annisquam Village Hall Association.

Highlights this year include a book table, the White Elephant table, games in the school yard, children’s arts and crafts, the flower table, the hat and jewelry table, the Ships Galley, the art table, the baked goods table, cotton candy, popcorn, shaved ice, balloons and more.

The fair welcomes back an old favorite, “Electrocute,” which was originally designed by Mark Raymond of Nashua Avenue when he was a teen in the 1960s.

This year’s version is being built by his godson John Williamson. Last year, another old favorite was recreated with “Shark Shoot,” which was rebuilt by Andrew Williamson and was one of the favorites with a line of children waiting to knock a few teeth out of the giant shark.

“The Panhandler” and “Whirling Bandit” will be back along with the usual assortment of games to challenge young and old.

When the gaming area has moved out from under the tents, the musical entertainment will start. The schedule for the after-hours entertainment in the Leonard School yard is as follows: Summit from 6-7 p.m.; Renee & Joe from 7-8 p.m.; and Jokers to the Right from 8-9 p.m.

The Sea Fair includes the annual “Dinner on the Bridge” with the band The Clambake Five providing the entertainment. This segment concludes with the “Lighting of the Cove.”

Tickets for the dinner can be purchased in advance at the Annisquam Exchange from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and during the fair Saturday, which ends at 3 p.m. Or one can call the Exchange by Friday at 4 p.m. at 978-281-0358 to make a reservation.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.

If you go ... What: Annisquam Sea Fair When: Saturday, 10 a.m. Where: Annisquam Village, Gloucester