50th Benicia Peddler’s Fair

50th Benicia Peddler’s Fair

Join us on Saturday, August 10, 2013, for the 50th Benicia Peddler’s Fair.

It’s our Golden Anniversary and time to celebrate!

by Benicia Peddler’s Fair

Over 300 vendors selling antiques collectibles, hand crafted items, art and much more will join Benicia residents, business people and 25,000 attendees in the celebration of the Peddler’s Fair Golden Anniversary! The Fair extends down First Street to the waterfront with beautiful views of the Carquinez Straits. It all begins at 8:00 a.m.

For 50 years volunteers have organized and staffed the Benicia Peddler’s Fair. The fair sponsored by St. Paul’s Historic Trust unites local businesses, vendors and residents with a common goal – to preserve the historic buildings of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and support local community programs. St. Paul’s Historic Trust composed of church and community members is dedicated to preserving this beautiful church. Fair earnings have restored stained glass windows, provided a historically compatible access ramp, and retrofitted the bell tower. Visit St. Paul’s on Fair day and listen to a docent tell you the stories about this beautiful church.

Chris Mader, the Fair chairman stated: “The Peddler’s Fair is a wonderful place to be on a summer day. Volunteers and vendors arrive early in the morning and transform Benicia’s main street into a shoppers delight! You may visit a favorite vendor to find a perfect antique or piece of art, or stop at any one of over 300 booths that has exactly what you are looking for.”

Through the last 50 years the Benicia Peddler’s Fair has grown from a few antique and collectible dealers displaying their wares to uniting 300 vendors, local businesses and restaurants in offering attendees an opportunity to examine and purchase hand crafted items, period furniture pieces, vintage textiles, pottery, paintings, jewelry, antiques, wonderful food and much more. A First Aid and Rest area is offered by the Benicia Valero Refinery.

Ann Lindsay, Owner and Business Manager of Lindsay Art Glass, said “The Peddler’s Fair has very special meaning for us. We opened our business for Peddler’s Fair 15 years ago! The fact that is has lasted for 50 years and is organized totally by volunteers in the community make it more meaningful. It represents our commitment to our community. It pulls us all together.”

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