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Annual Fairfield Homecoming scheduled for June 21-22

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By Jennifer Corbett

The annual Fairfield Homecoming promises to be a laid-back event, one that will bring former and current residents of the small town together.

“It’s just a real small, laid back, come and visit with us for a while type of event,” said organizer Mary Ellen Marquess.

The Fairfield Homecoming will be Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22. Activities are scheduled throughout both days.

Saturday, yard sales throughout the town begin at 8 a.m. Historical pictures and artifacts will be on display at city hall and the old jail from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

St. Michael School will hold its reunion in Gardiner Hall at St. Michael Church from 1 to 3 p.m.

“The school has been closed for many years,” Marquess said. The reunion is “for students who went there, family and friends to come back, visit for a while and reunite.”

Musical entertainment will perform on the city hall lawn from 1 to 4 p.m. People are asked to bring their own chair or blanket.

On Sunday, historical photos and artifacts will be on display at city hall and the old jail from 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Church programs will begin on at the city hall lawn at 1 p.m. The churches that are participating include Little Union, Second Baptist Fairfield and St. Michael.

A car show will be held in the city parking lot in the afternoon.

The Eddie Greenwell Band from Rooster Run will close out the evening with a performance at 2 p.m. on the city hall lawn.

Homecoming t-shirts will also be for sale, prices range from $7 to $15.

For $5, a deceased’s name, birth and death years can be added to a second quilt.

Bricks from the vault of the former Peoples Bank cost $20 and come with an attached commemorative plate and history information.

Orders will also be taken for a reproduction of J.P. Hathaway’s “birds-eye view” of the distillery, circa early 1930s.

The Fairfield Cemetery Committee will be providing food at the event. Proceeds will go toward maintenance and upkeep of the African American cemetery located between Fairfield and Bloomfield.

“We welcome anyone who would like to come for a while and visit,” Marquess said.