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Every Fair is fun, exciting, delicious and a great way to spend a day with the SHS community, and the 2018 Shady Hill Fair will have all of the wonderful things your family loves.

Join us for the amazing Fun House, fabulous games (and prizes!), the always-wonderful Clothesline, scrumptious International Foods, talent galore, the ever-popular used book sale, the tasty Alumni Slush stand, the petting zoo and much more.

Come join the fun on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM... Rain or Shine!

Learn all about the Fair's activities and how to sign-up.

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** Clothesline collection will begin on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

Is there a ride or game that you love and wish we had at the Fair? Let us know!
This year, we have space to add a few simple rides and games. We would LOVE your ideas! If you have suggestions or have always loved an event at another fair that you'd like to see at ours, please reach out to Allison Hirsch


    As many of you know, we ask our 3rd-7th graders to canvas family and friends to buy SHS Fair raffle tickets.  They sell about 3,000 tickets!  (All proceeds benefit SHS programs.)

    Kids are excited by great prizes as well as the fun in helping the School. We have many local businesses donate items, and we hope you will help us by asking for special donations (e.g., stays at hotels, parties at Launch or Ninja Warrior, ski passes) or donating tickets to events (e.g., Celtics, Bruins, Symphony, concerts, and gift cards. Donating (as well as buying raffle tickets) is an easy way to participate in this community-wide event!

    Details regarding how to donate will be posted soon.


    Calling all accountants, architects, artists, crafters, athletes, carpenters, dancers, musicians, salespeople, organizers….we need your skills!

    The Fair runs on Volunteers!  Volunteers to sort clothing, to bake cakes, to barbeque, to clock contestants, paint faces, take tickets, serve hot dogs, sell cookies …..

    Spend time with the Shady Hill Community.  Become an Event Chair or volunteer for one or two hour shifts.

    Can’t volunteer the day of the Fair? Here are some things that you can do before Fair Day:
    • Sort clothes or books and get to meet other parents!
    • Bake for the Bake Sale!  We also need 40 cakes or pies for Musical Cakes!
    • Cook for World Foods, and/or help prep the night before the Fair.
    • Other “Night Before” activities: Fill water balloons, Set up the Obstacle Course.


    Admissions Tickets and Raffle Tickets are sold by students in Grades III-VII. Classes compete to sell the most tickets – the winning class gets a pizza lunch! Tickets can also be purchased at the Fair on Fair Day. (All proceeds support SHS programs.) 

    Donate Your Stuff!

    Clothes & Sporting Goods:  The Fair needs your GENTLY used or new clothes and sporting goods.  We want clothes in good condition in ALL SIZES, infant through adult, for ALL SEASONS. If you would BUY it, then DONATE it! Please, NO bathing suits, underwear, or clothes with rips or stains. Some of your donated kids clothes could end up in the bundles of clothes we package for Cradles to Crayons – these can be purchased at the Clothesline sale.

    ** Clothesline collection will begin on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

    Books: The Used Book Sale is looking for used children and grownup books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs, of all kinds and in good condition, (please no text books, games or puzzles).  Books left at the end of the sale are donated to SHS classrooms and the library, and to local schools and libraries that have very limited resources for books!  

    LEGOs: The LEGO Zone is looking for clean LEGO pieces of all kinds, especially base plates, wheels & axles, and, most especially, mini figures. We will be very grateful if LEGO projects are disassembled before you donate them. 

    The Pocket Lady Needs to Fill Her Pockets!
    Do you have leftover birthday party treat bag goodies?  Fun party favors?  Small objects (pencils, erasers) that never get used?  Child-safe promotional items for your company that are taking up space in the storeroom? Turn them into Prizes carried by the Pocket Lady

    Clothing, Sporting Goods, Books, Legos and Small Prizes can be dropped off in the bins at the Front Circle or the Arts Loop, between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm (on school days only) starting on Monday, September 17, or send them in with your child on the bus.

    Cook and bake for the Fair

    Calling all Bakers and Cooks!
    The Bake Sale and World Foods are looking for The Sweet! The Savory! The Delicious!
    Cookies, brownies, bars, cupcakes, muffins and scones!
    Whole breads, cakes, pies, crumbles and crisps!
    Dumplings, samosas, soups, salads and pastas!
    Even take-home entrees: lasagna, stews and casseroles.
    These tables are incredibly popular. Help us stock them with your family’s favorites.
    Food donations can be dropped off in the Assembly Hall the Friday before the Fair from 6:00-8:00 PM or any time starting at 8:00 AM the day of the Fair. Please include an ingredient list with all food items.  

    Performance Tent

    Performances by students (and on occasion by faculty, staff or alumni) are central to the Fair!  Have your student sign up at the Front Desk or through the Music Department.
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    The Fair has parking dispensation for both sides of Coolidge Avenue. Volunteers can park in the Arts Loop spaces and in the Gym parking garage before 9:30.  If you plan to leave early, please park on the street, to minimize traffic where families enter the Fair. Handicap Parking is in the Front Loop. 


    • Have an idea for a game or an activity?
    • Want to know more about how the Fair works and how you can contribute?
    Contact the 2018 Fair Chairs: Erika Whitters, Erin Lopez, Allison Hirsch, and Anne Bunn.
    617.520.5260        178 Coolidge Hill    Cambridge MA 02138