Save the Date: Hospital Fair Day, August 5, 2023
Hospital Fair Day 2022 – A Great Success!
Thanks to generous and enthusiastic fairgoers and more than 185 volunteers who donated a total of 2,700 volunteer hours throughout the year, the 72nd Annual Grace Cottage Hospital Fair Day was a great success!
On Saturday, August 6, hundreds of local community members and visitors gathered on the Townshend Common and enjoyed the many treats and delicious food options; bid in the auction; purchased household items, books and plants; listened to music; took a chance in the raffle; showed off their face paint; rode ponies; “fished”; and played countless games of Bingo. The highlight, though, was being together again, greeting old and new friends and family.
A record $105,000 was raised which, after Fair Day expenses, will be put towards the much-needed expansion of Grace Cottage’s Emergency Department. Construction of the 17×42-ft expansion will greatly improve patient privacy and security, and is expected to begin in October, to be completed in early 2023.
On behalf of all the patients that Grace Cottage serves, thank you to everyone who helped to make Hospital Fair Day the best ever. This small, independent rural hospital wouldn’t exist without your support.
Click here to see photos of this year’s Hospital Fair Day.
We would like to say a special thank you to our new-to-us volunteer auctioneer, Brian Tebo, from Bennington. Longtime Hospital Fair Day auctioneer Kit Martin is living in Maine, and he has wholeheartedly recommended Brian to replace him. And thank you to Kit, who came to the Fair this year and took over the bidding process several times when Brian needed a break. In addition, we are grateful to Ralph Sherman & Friends, who brought their wonderful music to entertain us. Also, thank you to all of the Booth Chairs and their volunteer helpers.
Here’s a list of our Booth Chairs, who so ably led their groups of volunteers. And thank you to Hospital Fair Day Chair Eileen Fahey.
Auction: Andy Coyne & Dr. Robert Backus
Bingo – Deb Record
Birthday Parade – Patsy Bemis
Books – Ann Allbee
Corn/Watermelon – Diane Bousquet & Rehab Dept.
Costumes – Karren & Steven Meyer
Cotton Candy – Marcy Moody
Fish Pond – Sarah Holden & Cub Scout Pack #448
Food Booth – Mike, Andy, & Kevin Seaton
Fried Dough – Dana West
Gourmet Food – Marilee Attley & Jean Bernegger
Hole-in-One – Sindy Hassig
Ice Cream – Carmen & Ash Jones
Jewelry – Elaine Swift & Krissy Barker
Lemonade – Sue Belgard-Marquis
Parking – Kirk Petty
Pictures, Frames, & Art – Natalie Donovan
Pies & Baked Goods – Jodi Perkins
Plants – Pat Howell
Popcorn & Balloons – Mike Attley & Sally Winchester
T-Shirts & Hats– Barb Barber
Toys – Brian Mayher & Donald Houle
Treasurer – Stephen Brown
White Elephant – Connie Holt, Helen Holt, Elenka Lott, & Vivian Thorsen
Hospital Fair Day Traditions
A tradition began 72 years ago, and it has been vital to Grace Cottage’s patient care ever since. The first Hospital Fair Day was held on Saturday, August 5, 1950, organized by the Grace Cottage Hospital Auxiliary, with a healthy mix of fun, fellowship, and fundraising. Thanks to the love, loyalty, and dedication of so many volunteers and fairgoers over the years, this event continues. Grace Cottage relies on the proceeds from this annual event, which now average $50,000 each year.
In the photo albums below, you can reminisce about past Hospital Fair Days and see some of the babies born here across the years.
Links below also take you to traditional Fair Day recipes and fun Fair-Day-themed coloring pages, a relaxing activity for both you or your child.
Thank you for continuing to support the Annual Grace Cottage Hospital Fair Day!
Grace Cottage Babies
If you were born at Grace Cottage, send us a current picture and tell us your birth year, and we’ll add you to our virtual Birthday Baby Parade with our beloved Stork (don’t tell anyone, but it’s Dr. Timothy Shafer!)
Hospital Fair Day Recipes
- Curried Red Lentil Salad
- Gazpacho Recipe
- Vermont Salad Dressing
- Beer Bread
- Sue’s Lemonade
- Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce
- Bok Choy Salad
- Diane’s Grilled Corn on the Cob
- Pesto Pasta Salad
Get your crayons out — it’s coloring time. Click on any of the special Hospital Fair Day coloring pages below, and print the page to color offline.
Costumes & Face Painting
We want to reminisce with you. We’re posting videos and photos of past Fairs. If you have photos or videos from past Hospital Fair Days that you’d like to share, e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll add them to the album.
Hospital Fair Day 2022 Sponsors
Norm Holden Painting