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Memorial Day Fair in Wilson will mark its 40th anniversary

Long a popular event drawing huge crowds to its super flea market, the annual Wilson Historical Society Memorial Day Fair on Monday will mark its 40th anniversary this year.

The fair is set from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the museum grounds, 645 Goundry St. The American Legion will hold a special Memorial Day flag-raising ceremony at noon at the fair site.

The super flea market boasts more than 250 vendors this year, offering "everything from antiques to DVDs, running the gamut from historical to modern technology—a wide variety for all ages," said Kyle Andrews, the Niagara County treasurer, who also serves as president of the Wilson Historical Society.

In addition, free entertainment will be provided by the Barroom Buzzards. The Antique Car Museum will also be open for the event, and dash plaques will be awarded to participants showing off their own antique and collectible cars in a reserved spot on the museum grounds.

Fair-goers always can partake of the food, and plenty of Chiavetta's Chicken Barbecue, hot dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy, homemade pies, snow cones and drinks will be available.

The museum grounds feature a number of restored buildings from Wilson's past, and exhibits and demonstrations will be offered in the Caboose, Fittro Shop, one-room Schoolhouse and Tugwell Cabin.

Parking is free at the museum and in the village, with a shuttle bus delivering fair-goers to and from the event.

"It should be a nice day, and we encourage people to park in the village — at Village/Town Hall, at the school, in the church parking lots — and our shuttle will take everyone back and forth," Andrews said.

The Wilson Historical Society is a nonprofit, volunteer organization, and this is the group's largest fundraiser of the year.

"This helps sustain our society for the entire year," Andrews said. "It's been the mission of our planning board this past year to work on restoring the inside of the Railroad Depot, with original signage and color scheme, to make it look much more like it did in its original form. Town residents will be pleasantly surprised as the project takes shape."