WILSON –The annual Wilson Historical Society Memorial Day Fair “has grown into one of Niagara County’s staples on the list of local festivals,” according to Kyle Andrews, Niagara County treasurer, who also serves as the society’s president.
The 41st annual fair is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday on the museum grounds, 645 Lake St. The American Legion will hold a special Memorial Day flag-raising ceremony at noon.
A Super Flea Market with more than 250 vendors is always a featured draw. In addition, the Bar Room Buzzards will provide free entertainment. The Antique Car Museum also will be open, and participants are invited to display antique and collectible cars on a reserved section of the grounds. Dash plaques will be awarded to participants.
The fair always offers a wide variety of food, including a Chiavetta’s Chicken Barbecue starting at 10 a.m., hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy, homemade pies, snow cones, coffee, doughnuts, soft drinks and bottled water.
Festivalgoers are invited to tour the Museum Depot, Caboose, Fittro Shop, One-Room Schoolhouse and Tugwell Cabin.
Limited parking is available at the museum, but a free shuttle bus offers rides to the fair from Wilson Town Hall, Wilson Junior/Senior High School, and a variety of churches and businesses.
Andrews noted that since the society is a nonprofit, volunteer organization, “This is our main, sustaining fundraiser for the year. We will be using these funds to replace an asphalt shingle roof with a metal roof on the Barnum Building main meeting room and antique car building.”
Andrews added that there will be spots available “for vendors who decide to sell their wares at the last minute and don’t have reservations. They can pull in as early as 6 a.m. and get a spot for $35 in the back field.”