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Bring on the pies for Horse Shed Fair! Food, crafts, fun at annual event.

Byline: Lynne Klaft

LANCASTER - Tomorrow's 32nd annual Horse Shed Fair promises to be a winner, with fine weather predicted, more than 70 craft vendors expected, buffalo burgers barbecuing, Bud Perkins playing the musical saw, and the church's signature apple pies on sale.

The fair committee members have been preparing all year for the event and started work on the pies last week.

"We'll have over 100 pies - apple, blueberry, cherry, squash, pumpkin, and, this year, peach ... that should be very popular," said committee Chairwoman Sarah P. Spencer.

"It started out as a small fair in 1975, and then about 1980 we invited crafters," said church member Nina Kilbourn.

And the rest is history.

Crafters now vie for booth space at the fair, which has expanded from the horse sheds out onto the grounds around the historic First Church of Christ Unitarian on the Lancaster Common on Main Street.

"All the church members are working as volunteers and it's pretty much fun," said Mrs. Spencer, who, with Mrs. Kilbourn, has been part of the fair since its inception.

"There's always something we forget to do, but we just work around it," added Mrs. Spencer.

One year the portable toilets weren't delivered, and another year the fair was canceled because of a hurricane. But this year, the weather forecast is predicting sunny skies and a warm day.

The fair is the church's main fundraiser and members run the food concessions, which will include hamburgers, hot dogs, buffalo burgers and homemade chili.

"We'll also have an old-fashioned tea room inside the church, where folks can come in and have a sit-down lunch with homemade corn chowder, vegetable soup, homemade muffins, and for dessert ... brownies, apple pie or apple crisp, with or without ice cream," Mrs. Spencer said.

The Country Kitchen is featuring homemade baked beans, cookies, breads, cakes, apple crisp, and a cheese wheel with orders cut to order.

The church is also holding an old-fashioned raffle with crafts donated by each of the vendors, and a handmade nine-patch quilt made by Phyllis Farnsworth and Elizabeth Roy.

"And we're raffling off an iPod, and the proceeds will go directly to a fuel assistance charity," said Mrs. Kilbourn.

Craft vendor coordinators Susan Polansky and Karen Dwyer have lined up several unique crafters for this year's fair, after scouting out other craft fairs.

"We have a local resident who fashions jewelry out of cross stones that can only be found in Lancaster and Australia, a man who makes decorative pumpkins out of old propane tanks, a lady who makes copies of old maps and engravings, teddy bears made out of old fur coats, birdbaths made of concrete that look like giant leaves, and a woman who makes ornaments and wind chimes out of flattened bottles and recycled glass," said Ms. Dwyer.

Other crafts include fleece clothing, knitted articles, jewelry, watercolor art, children's clothing, American Girl doll clothes, textiles, soft sculptured frogs, patchwork pumpkins, pottery, wooden bowls, Shaker boxes, and all-natural soy candle products, just to name a few.

The Horse Shed Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the First Church of Christ Unitarian on Main Street (Route 70).

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CUTLINE: Jennifer Lapen, left, and Miriam Franklin make apple pies at the First Church of Christ Unitarian in preparation for tomorrow's Horse Shed Fair. Below, some of the finished products.

PHOTOG: T&G Staff Photos/RICK CINCLAIR
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