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July 06. 2013 8:16PM

Some Fairy Fun

Magical event attracts hundreds of fairies, pirates and parents


Two fairy princesses confer in Cate Park during the Wolfeboro Area Children's Center's Fairy Land Festival held Saturday in Cate Park. From left to right, Rowan Kantzer, 3, with Mackenzie Doran, 11. Doran was one of the dancers from the Expressions Dance Academy who performed during this fund raising event. (LARISSA MULKERN)

WOLFEBORO - Fairy princesses throughout the kingdom donned their delicate wings and flowing skirts for the third annual Fairy Land Festival held Saturday in Cate Park.

More than 400 adults and children turned out for the festival, a fundraising event to benefit the Wolfeboro Area Children's Center (WACC). It was expected to yield more than $4,000 to support the nonprofit center. The center offers affordable early care and education to children from 6 weeks through 5 years old. The school-age program for ages 6 through 12 meets mornings and afternoons during the school year and all day through school vacations and summer. WACC Director Susan Whiting said this year's festival garnered support from area businesses that offered free treats to festival-goers. Others donated a portion of proceeds from sales to the center.

Items for sale, including fairy wings, pirate hats, magic wands and other themed accessories, were in great demand all day.

"The Fairy Land Festival was such a big hit last year, we thought we'd do it again. We raised $4,000 last year and hope to do better this year," said Whiting.

Linda Murray, a member of the WACC board of directors and board of trustees, said this year's event was community spirited, with volunteers, students from the high school, businesses and other groups stepping up to help.

A highlight of the festival was the display of 25 intricate little fairy houses built from sticks, stones, shells, flowers and other natural items.

"We love fairies," said Allie Fitzgerald, mother of 2-year-old Neva and 5-year-old Eila, of Rochester. The family spent part of the past week building a fairy house with items from their garden, including seedlings of sunflowers planted in halves of eggshells. "This brings out their creative side and imagination," said Fitzgerald.

Jade Romney, along with her daughter, Soleil, 4, also enjoyed the day.

Romney said Soleil has a "ton" of male cousins who they left back at the vacation house to enjoy the more delicate experience of Fairy Land.

"She's at a sweet age, she likes fairies," she said.

Other highlights of the festival included an appearance by author Tracy Kane, who has written a series of children's and photo books on fairy houses, performances by dancers from Expressions Dance Academy, fairy house making workshops, a scavenger hunt and a fairy house contest and raffle.


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