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Every June children from Winnetka and surrounding communities celebrate the end of school with a day (or two) at the Winnetka Children’s Fair. For two days, the Village Green is transformed into a fairgrounds, with rides, games and other activities for preschoolers to preteens. The fair is held the Friday and Saturday after school lets out – this year on June 7-8.
Now in its 67th year, the fair is actually a fundraiser for the Winnetka Community Nursery School. It’s organized by the school’s forty-strong Board of Directors with the help of hundreds of volunteers from the community. If you live in Winnetka, have friends in Winnetka or your child attends (or has ever attended) Winnetka Community Nursery, you will be tapped for a shift as a volunteer. When our daughter was at the preschool, my husband and I worked at the hot dog stand, which is the biggest money-maker for the fair and also the best place to work.
This fun event has become part of the fabric of the community and shouldn’t be missed if you have young children.
What: Games, rides, food and craft booths (mostly geared to kids up to 10, but older kids will enjoy some of the rides)
When: Friday and Saturday, June 7-8 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Winnetka Village Green (Maple St. between Oak and Elm)
Cost: Admission to the fairgrounds is free but tickets can be purchased for rides, games and food.
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