First Presbyterian Church hosts Fall County Fair Oct. 17

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The Presbyterian Women and the Mission Committee of the First Presbyterian Church in Rome will hold a Fall County Fair and Rummage Sale, on Saturday, Oct 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will be limited to 30 patrons at a time.

Liz Clough, mission committee chair, notes “Our rummage sale is usually held in the spring but was delayed this season due to the impact of COVID-19. We’ll be adhering to CDC guidelines including contact tracing, sanitizing, masks and social distancing. The welfare of our guests and volunteers is our priority. We want everyone to enjoy themselves in a safe environment”. Additional protocols such as controlled traffic flow and entrance conditions will also be monitored.

Fair booths include homemade crafts and baby items, autumn and Christmas holiday decorations and the Something Special Boutique. Raffles include a handmade quilt, fashioned by PW member Lenora Merithew; and several baskets to aid the efforts of the Rome-Area Hunger Walk. Although no food or drink will be sold for consumption on the premises, homemade canned goods, Amish cheese and Fair Trade coffees and chocolate will be available for purchase.

“This combined event is important to our community as well. A large portion of the proceeds from the Fair and Rummage Sale are directed toward local agencies and programs” said Mary Grow, moderator of the Presbyterian Women of Rome. Blessings in a Backpack at Gansevoort Elementary, Rome Community Schools, Scholarships for the 1st Pres Nursery School Programs and several local food pantries have all received donations generated by these fundraisers. Gifts to regional, national and global relief efforts are also distributed.

Located at 108 W. Court St., ramp and front entrance parking is limited to mobile assist guests and volunteers only. The entrance is not wheelchair accessible. All other patrons are asked to use the parking lot and entrance provided on the back Huntington Street alley. For details or questions, phone the church office at 315-336-1380.

In order to prepare for the Fair, the church’s Mission Closet will be closed to clients on Thursday, Oct 15.

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