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Peace Fair offers entertainment, games, local crafts & non-profits

The 19th Annual Peace Fair will take place on Saturday, September 22nd, at the historic Buckingham Quaker Meetinghouse on Route 202 in Lahaska, just south of Peddlers Village.

Sponsored by Bucks area Quakers, the fair features local artists, crafts people and fair-trade vendors selling eco-friendly products, hand-woven fabrics, paintings and photographs, pottery, and wares from around the world.

The Tookany Creek bluegrass band will perform, along with River Drivers (Celtic and folk), and songster/educator Ecoman (Richard McLaughlin), who entertains kids of all ages with original songs of peace and the environment.

The fair’s suggested donation is $2 per person and parking is free.

Dedicated to promoting harmony in the home, the community, the environment, and the world, the Peace Fair hosts dozens of area non-profits like the Audubon Society, Bucks County SPCA, Delaware Riverkeepers, LEPOCO, The Peace Center, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, YWCA, Camp Onas, and the Rotary Club.

There are groups devoted to education, healthy living, seniors, the Girl Scouts, Indigenous People of the U.S., climate change, and many other fields of interest to area residents.

This fair is the ultimate family-friendly event.

Toddlers can try out the self-powered Peace Train, grandparents can find gifts for family and friends, and everyone can participate in games, browse the re-cycled book sale, and enjoy a delightful, engaging and uplifting day under the giant oaks and maples of the Buckingham Friends campus.

At the center of the fair is the Meetinghouse, a National Landmark that is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year.

According to the National Park Service, this venerable building is one of the finest examples of meetinghouse architecture in the Delaware Valley.

The Poetry Reading, featuring the current and former Bucks County Poet Laureates, will also take place in the Meetinghouse at midday (open mic at the end).

In a large tent near the Meetinghouse, the U.N. Association of Bucks County will again host their Heritage Display, a “festival of sights and sounds,” where area families can show off the culture, costume, and activities of their ancestors’ origin.

Visitors to the fair are invited to dress in traditional national costumes and visit the Heritage tent to compare notes with others interested in family origins.

Applications for a space in the Heritage tent are still being accepted (e-mail peacefair.org@gmail.com).

There has been an annual fair at the Buckingham Meetinghouse for more than a century, and in 1999 it was renamed the “Peace Fair” in order to highlight traditional Quaker values of peace, simplicity, and stewardship of the environment.

Today, with nearly 100 vendors and several thousand visitors, the Peace Fair has become a tradition for families looking for a fun-filled experience where they can learn about how organizations and individuals are promoting peace and justice in Bucks County and around the world.