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Chill in the air at Medfield fall fair

Former Medfield resident Georgia Heffner, right, now of Hereford, still has a booth in front of her former house at the Medfield fall fair and flea market each year. Here, she makes a sale to Hampden resident Donna Hamilton.
Former Medfield resident Georgia Heffner, right, now of Hereford, still has a booth in front of her former house at the Medfield fall fair and flea market each year. Here, she makes a sale to Hampden resident Donna Hamilton.(Photo by Brendan Cavanaugh)

You might call the roughly 200 people who turned out for Medfield's 15th annual fall festival and flea market "fair" weather fans.

The weather for the event Oct. 2 was chilly and skies were overcast, but how could anyone pass up a flea market and fair that included a snowball stand, food and 21 vendors selling everything from a record player to a wedding dress?

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It was a chance for residents to come together at Weldon Circle off the 4100 block of Falls Road — and former residents like Georgia Heffner, of Hereford, who hasn't lived in Medfield for years but still comes back to man a booth outside her former house in Medfield every year.

And the fair, which was advertised on Craig's List, drew residents of nearby neighborhoods, too, including Roland Park and Hampden. Food and/or money were donated by JT's Market, Giant, and Fresh and Green's, among other businesses.

One conversation piece at the flea market was a wedding dress for sale.

"You never know what you might find," said MaryBeth Buttler, who has been married about a year, as she and her husband, Dan, looked at the dress.

The fair is traditionally a June event, but it was so hot this year that it was held in October. That may have depressed snowball sales, but children still bought them, even on a cold day.

"We sold 19 snowballs, which is 18 more than we thought we would," organizer Pat Dideriksen said.

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