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Published: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 9:00 a.m. CDT
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Joe and Barb Bannon look at some of the items Lemont antique dealer Gayle Deskovich had for sale during the Lemont Street Fair last year. The Fair returns Saturday and features a craft and antique sale.

LEMONT – The Lemont Area Historical Society will hold its annual Lemont Street Fair, featuring an antique and craft market, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Lemont Street, between Illinois and Cass streets.

Sue Roy, chairman of the Street Fair, said the event serves as a showcase for the historical society’s museum and programs.

“It’s amazing how many people who have lived in Lemont for years don’t even realize there is a historical museum in Lemont,” she said.

Rose Yates, vice president of the Historical Society, said the Street Fair is one of the larger events the society organizes each year.

“It’s a nice fall event,” she said. “There’s a nice fall feeling to the festival.”

Roy said the Street Fair has a couple of new features this year.

To encourage its neighbors to join the fair, the Historical Society has invited residents on Cass and Lemont streets to hold yard sales during the event, she said.

The Historical Society also will raffle off artwork by artist Joyce Affelt.

The former Lemont resident, whose work depicts streetscapes and steeples, donated pieces to the Historical Society for fundraising purposes before moving to Arizona, Roy said.

Other entertainment includes antique appraisals from 1 to 3 p.m.; music by the Holy Cross/HM Marimba Ensemble and a D.J.; tours of the museum; photos with vintage outfits; kids activities such as crafts, face painting and balloon animals; a bake sale and pumpkins and fall decor.

The first fair was held six years ago and was the idea of former Historical Society president Joanne Pick, who originally planned for the event to be an ice cream social, Roy said.

Yates said the festival evolved into an antique fair because of the historical society’s connection to old and historic items.

It will be the first Street Fair since Pick died on June 24.

“It’s a great tribute to her that her idea has carried on after all these years,” Roy said.

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