You know that summer is here when the Fairhaven Homecoming Day Fair rolls around. The fair returns this year on Saturday, June 25 after being postponed for two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fair is sponsored by the Fairhaven Improvement Association, an organization that dates back to 1883. According to its website, the Association's mission is to "promote the beauty and welfare of the town, to foster a spirit of community cooperation among its people, and to assist in its growth."

Homecoming Day Fair Chairperson Barbara Acksen joined Townsquare Sunday to talk about the event's return and what's on the agenda for this year.

According to Acksen, craft vendors, entertainment and food are highlights every year.

"I love the Homecoming Fair. Everybody loves the Homecoming Fair," she said. "It's a time when everybody can get together and reconnect with old friends or make new friends, and get a sense of us as a community."

Fairhaven's 44th Homecoming Fair will start at 10 a.m. on June 25 on Center Street in Fairhaven and run until 4p.m.

"Obviously, we have lots of arts and craft vendors, with music and dance performances all day in front of the Town Hall," Acksen said.

The fair will also feature an art exhibit on the lawn of the Unitarian Church, and the exhibit will include sculpture.

Facebook Photo / Fairhaven Improvement Association
Fairhaven Improvement Association via Facebook

This year's fair will feature 150 vendors. While some of the "regular" vendors have dropped out, new vendors have stepped in to take their place, Acksen said, including a glass blower from Lowell who will be selling some of his pieces.

Acksen said there will be plenty of activities for children as well, from fire truck rides to a bounce house to coloring and painting sessions.

The complete interview with Acksen can be heard here:

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