Sonoma Valley has few events more charming than the Glen Ellen Village Fair. Setting aside the glitz of Wine Country, this down-home event brings a day of free fun on Sunday, Oct. 13, from noon to 5 p.m.
Arnold Drive will shut down for the day as the fair begins with a hometown parade. From there, the fair includes booths from dozens of vendors, such as food and wine purveyors like Harvey’s Gourmet Donuts, Himalayan Secrets and Rancho Viejo, to nonprofit organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Glen Ellen Historical Society and Jack London State Historic Park. Attendees will also find crafters and artists selling one-of-a-kind designs.
Kids Alley is alive with games and events designed for kids of all ages, from the cake-walk to a bounce house.
This year’s theme of the Glen Ellen Village Fair is “Food for Thought” based on the traditional fair quilt which was hand-sewn by Nancy Murray, MaryAnn Carr, Deb Pool, Margie Foster, Cathy Leonard, Sylvia Crawford, Yvonne Soto-Pomeroy, Chris Gooding, Leslie Smith, Marsha Moran, Janet Hansen, Blythe Carver, Pamela Wiley and Alexa Wood. The quilt will be raffled off on Sunday, and proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Glen Ellen and Mayacamas fire departments, Dunbar Elementary School and other local charities. Tickets are $2, three for $5, seven for $10 or 15 for $20, and can be purchased at the event.
Leslie Vaughn, president of the fair board, is still looking for volunteers to help make the day run smoothly. Volunteers can pitch in for just an hour or two, and should contact Vaughn at 494-6197.
To keep up with the fun, find the Glen Ellen Village Fair on Facebook.