Market Street in Ipswich during Old Ipswich DaysHistory

The not-so-humble beginnings of Olde Ipswich Days | Ipswich Local News

One of the founders of Olde Ipswich Days recalls the work and effort that went into running the original fairs:

By Lillian Eden

Ipswich – Olde Ipswich Days would have celebrated its 50th annual art and craft fair at the end of July, but back when Olde Ipswich Days began, an art sale on the South Village Green was just one part of a weeklong celebration across the town.

There was music and dancing in the Market Square, a pancake breakfast and lobster dinner, pony rides, sand sculptures, an antique sale and a walking tour of the old historical homes to name a few activities on offer. Attendees might also have seen people walking around and guiding tours in colonial attire.

“It was quite an affair,” said William Fabri in an interview with Ipswich Local News, reflecting on the first few years of Olde Ipswich Days. Fabri was the president of the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event along with other local businesses and organizations, when Olde Ipswich Days was created.

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