Posted by Tim Kelley on Oct 01, 2021
In May, as the state relaxed COVID restrictions, the Reading Rotary was met with a challenge. Could they pull of planning the Fall Street Faire in just three months?  Fall Street Faire Co-Chair Gregg Johnson explains, “It was never a question of what we wanted to do. Of course, we wanted to hold the Faire. But it usually takes six months of planning and organization. We were all aware that trying to do it in three months would be hard. But we decided to just go for it and try to pull it off.”  The Faire was held on September 12 from noon to 5 pm.
 
The team of more than 20 Rotarian and other volunteers mobilized, set up the website, got the word out to vendors and sponsors, and worked with Reading Town officials on logistics. John Feudo, Fall Street Faire Co-Chair said, “We’re lucky that this event was well supported by the Town. We have a long history of working well together. We couldn’t do this without their support and coordination.”

 
This was the 13th annual Reading Fall Street Faire, an event that brings together local restaurants, retail businesses, and community groups for a fun-filled, family-friendly day.  Downtown Reading streets were shut down for residents to stroll and enjoy local shops, restaurants, musical and dance performances and community group booths.  Events included a tailgate area, cornhole tournament, children’s activity area, a vintage car show and three stages with performances going throughout the afternoon.  There was something for everyone.
 
A challenge the group faced was a possible uptick in COVID cases and changing state guidelines.  This year's RFSF was estimated to draw 8,000 people. This is the largest annual event in Reading and is a favorite event for many residents.  The largest challenge this year was planning with regard to the pandemic.  More distancing was planned for vendors and face masking was encouraged.  
 
This year's Cornhole Tournament was expanded with local businesses and organizations being able to sponsor custom cornhole boards.  Special thanks to Wicked Cornhole for running the cornhole tournament and printing the beautiful boards.
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