For the past few months the South Windsor Jaycees Foundation held out hope, worked out alternatives and juggled plans for the 2020 Wapping Fair with the intention the current health situation COVID-19 would allow the fair to safely operate without sacrificing the quality of entertainment and food options. Unfortunately, we have reached the point of having to make the heart breaking decision that in the best interest to all the 128th Wapping Fair will not take place this year. In the end numerous factors played a part in this decision. Numerous attractions and vendors had canceled their seasons would have lessened the excitement attendees have come to expect and a limited attendance tendency would place the fair at financial risk. But first and foremost is our highest priority is to ensure the safety and health of our fairgoers, exhibitors, vendors, volunteers and entertainers. Connecticut is amongst the leaders in the country in reducing cases and hospitalizations while the majority of the country has seen the opposite. The efforts of the state’s residents in maintaining social distancing, wearing masks and avoiding large gatherings have all played a part in keeping us safe and we did not want to risk the progress made. With so many variables uncertain (public welfare, lack of quality event, financial impact) the Jaycees reached the difficult and decision to cancel the 128th Wapping Fair with much sadness. The fair committee had been working diligently for the past 8 months already and were eager to present the new innovations. Now this will have to wait until 2021, when the fair will take place Sept 9 – 12. While we know no event can make up for the fun and excitement of the fair, the Jaycees will continue to monitor the situation and if we can provide a safe environment we will make every effort to coordinate an awesome community event over the next few months. Thanks to many successful fairs, the Jaycees have donated almost $20,000 in funds to the South Windsor Human Services and numerous other non-profit organizations and will continue to do so. Thank you for your past support and we look forward to seeing all of you soon Paul Petrillo President South Windsor Jaycees Foundation Inc 860-573-6780

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The Wapping Fair has been held in South Windsor every year of its existence, since 1892. Throughout those years the town and community have supported the fair in numerous ways, from helping with setting up the grounds for the fair to reserving the fairgrounds. Help has come from many departments and organizations in town including the Police Department, Fire Department, Parks and Recreation Dept., Public Works and Planning & Zoning.

Community Capital Improvement Projects

Proceeds of the fair are donated to various causes including capital improvements in town. Over the years, the Jaycess have made donations to South Windsor Food & Fuel Bank ($5,000), My Friends Place ($3,000 towards playground), Town of South Windsor ($3,000 to purchase defibrillator), $1,000 for the 2nd level ropes course, $1,000 to the South Windsor Fire Department for modernizing training equipment, $2,500 to the South Windsor Police Department to help fund a new police dog and $200 towards sponsoring a youth basketball team. 

Community Give Back Program  

To help with the ever increasing staffing needs of the fair, the Jaycees implemented the Community Give Back Program. The program provides opportunities for local organizations, groups and teams to raise funds by providing manpower for fair tasks. Over $4,000 is donated annually.  Groups that have benefitted in the past include the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Police Explorers, National Honor Society, PTO's, garden clubs, High School sports teams and more.

Funding of Jaycee Projects

The Wapping Fair is the sole fundraiser for the South Windsor Jaycees. The proceeds go back to the chapter to fund more than 20 community projects conducted throughout the year. Some of our more recognizable events include: Pet Food Drive, Thanksgiving Baskets, Heritage Day and Adopt-A-Family. All of these are conducted annually to benefit people in the community at no cost to the attendees. Every last expense is funded thanks to the success of the Wapping Fair. 
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