Familiar Faces of the FH Firemen's Fair

Fair Havenite Kathy Watson has provided photos of some years past at the fair. Do you recognize some of the faces? Tell us who they are and your memories of them and the fair.

The Fair Haven Firemen's Fair is not just a fair — it's a tradition.

And the tradition lives on again starting Aug. 23. Only days away now, it takes many volunteers to put the fair together. When you roam the fairgrounds year after year, there are always more than a few familiar faces ... and memories of those who have passed having left an indelible mark.

Fair Havenite Kathy Watson has shared photos of years past at the fair with Patch. And Patch photos from last year's fair are in the mix.

Take a look at the pictures in the above gallery and tell us who you recognize and what special memory they or the booth or attraction they manned has for you.

Kathy Watson August 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Thanks so much for posting these!
HeatherSL August 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Good fun. I hope all the rides are checked throughly for safety.
Nature's Emporium August 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Nice photos Kath and good fun
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) August 20, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Thank YOU, Kathy! If someone out there has a pic of my mom, Sally Van Develde, at the Grab Bag Booth circa 70s or 80s, I would be so thrilled and grateful. I have one of the ladies in the kitchen, which I will post, but would love to see one of her at the booth or my dad Bill.
Marc Edelman August 21, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Let's see, These are my favorite memories 1. Harry Kniffen working tirelessly at the 50-50 "You gotta be in it to win it" 2. Bud Warren working in the car raffle booth with Bud DuPree 3. The Paratrooper, the Trabant, the Zipper, and of course the Tempest. 4. Fried Egg Plant 5. Steamers and butter sauce 6. That carnival smell, something crossed between Frying oil, popcorn, candy apples, cotton candy, Clam Chowder, and soft shell crabs. 7. Minature Golf, I have played a lot of minature golf, none comes close to the course at the Fair Haven Firemen's Fair. I could play that course a million times! (I think I have) 8. Riding on the Pumper Truck Down Battin Road and back a thousand times. I am sure those poor folks were tired of the siren. 9. Sitting in my bedroom witht he windows open in August and hearing the sounds of the fair from three blocks away!
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 02:36 AM
With you on all of those things, Marc! Also, hearing the truck all night go 'round and 'round town with sirens going — a real comfort feeling. I can also see the lights from my room. I have to add my parents to that, too, though. I miss seeing them on the grounds and them walking in the door on fair nights after working it all night long with treats for us ... as long as they both were alive.
Connie Long September 06, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Hi Elaine, Finally took the time to log in to PATCH. I love it!!!! Your talent doesn't surprise me at all! These pictures brought back so many good memories of my dear, lovely sister Sally and her handsome, husband Bill. A little tearing up there. Recently, I had occasion to chat with Monsignor Brietzke, the former Pastor at Nativity Parish. We spoke about your family and I mentioned your Mom. He remembered her name and at my surprised reply..he said and I quote.."Sally? Who could forget Sally!" That's what your Mom still is....unforgettable not only to me as her little sister, but to the many people she touched in her life. I'm so proud of you and I know your parents are too! Love u....Aunt Connie
Connie Long September 06, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I feel happy and nostalgic when I think of the Fair Haven Fire Department..attending the fairs as well as watching the parades.


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