News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 9, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, August 9, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, August 9, 2018
St. Francis Fair throws biggest sale around
Sat., Aug. 11, Blue Hill Fairgrounds

Suzanne Decrow and Joe Thompson

Suzanne Decrow and Joe Thompson, local boat builder and owner of Joe’s Garage, are all set to transport more than seventy long tables of Junque for Jesus to the Blue Hill Fairgrounds for the annual St. Francis Fair this weekend. Thompson will contribute all the tools and equipment that have been collecting on his side porch for the fair.

Photo courtesy of St. Francis Fair

by Faith DeAmbrose

Lace up your running shoes and take a spot at the gates of the Blue Hill Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 11. With an opening time set at 9 a.m., a large crowd, in Black Friday-style, typically will storm the fairgrounds in search of the best “Junque.”

A popular feature of the Fair, which is now in its 29th year, Junque for Jesus can be one-stop shopping for anyone looking to furnish an apartment or find a unique treasure.

Suzanne Decrow, who has been the chairman of the “Junque for Jesus” all 29 years of the St. Francis Fair, says, “This is another huge year for Junque with everything from Waterford Crystal to collectible china to silverware. More than two dozen St. Francis parishioners and area friends have spent 300 hours pricing Junque these past few weeks.”

In addition to Junque there will be thousands of books, half a dozen brand new bikes at Granny’s Attic (at a huge discount), elegant “Art and Treasures” and the Gentlemen Grillers with Bianco Sausages, hamburgers and much more.

Admission to the Fair is free and coffee and doughnuts will be available outside the gates at 8 am.

Come for the Junque, but stay for the children’s activities, face painting, games, hayrides and music.

The Fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will benefit not only the church but the SPCA of Hancock County, this year’s fair partner.