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Jul 18, 2022

Canterbury Fair Returns for the 74th Year

By Lori Draz

One of the area’s most loved events, the St. George’s-by-the-River’s Canterbury Fair, made its post-pandemic return for its 74th year on June 9 and 10. Despite some temperamental weather, the two-day festival was a huge success.  

Friday and Saturday brought out almost 1,000 excited treasure hunters and fun lovers who had a full day sopping, eating, and enjoying games and events. The Rizzo’s Reptile show had young and old squealing at the sights of a 10-foot yellow boa constrictor, scorpions, alligators and lots more animals. There was also a Party Puppy demonstration. 


Some went straight to the White Elephant sale tables where they examined a huge array of jewelry, plants and flowers, electronics, sporting goods and children’s games. Others lingered at the art displays and inspected antique furniture items. Some attendees put in their bids at the silent auction table that had everything from car detailing and ice cream parties to sailboats, mountain getaways and a week in an Italian villa. The kids got into the fun with cotton candy and carnival-style games. Cheery volunteers answered questions about this historic church, and others helped happy shoppers load in their finds. And then there was the food – always a highlight of the fair – as the gourmet crowd enjoyed every last bite of delicious Lobster Lunch, plus traditional favorites at the Canterbury Kitchen and tasty home-baked goodies too.  

The Canterbury Fair has become an annual tradition for many, and this year’s fair was extra special because, once again, they were able to welcome friends and neighbors to the church grounds and celebrate being together! 

Be on the lookout for details on the Canterbury Art Show, annually held on Labor Day weekend. This is a popular event that features the works of more than 100 artists in the juried and non-juried parts of the show in oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, watercolor, mixed-media and photography. All the juried and “Treasure” non-juried art is original and priced to sell. The juried deadline submission deadline is quickly approaching, and artists are encouraged to submit their pieces soon. 

A large attendance is again expected for this local exhibition and sale of art work.  For more information, tickets and volunteer sign-ups, visit 

St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church is located at 7 Lincoln Ave. in Rumson. Call 732-842-0596 or visit for more information.