For the past few months the South Windsor Jaycees Foundation held out hope, worked out alternatives and juggled plans for the 2020 Wapping Fair with the intention the current health situation COVID-19 would allow the fair to safely operate without sacrificing the quality of entertainment and food options. Unfortunately, we have reached the point of having to make the heart breaking decision that in the best interest to all the 128th Wapping Fair will not take place this year. In the end numerous factors played a part in this decision. Numerous attractions and vendors had canceled their seasons would have lessened the excitement attendees have come to expect and a limited attendance tendency would place the fair at financial risk. But first and foremost is our highest priority is to ensure the safety and health of our fairgoers, exhibitors, vendors, volunteers and entertainers. Connecticut is amongst the leaders in the country in reducing cases and hospitalizations while the majority of the country has seen the opposite. The efforts of the state’s residents in maintaining social distancing, wearing masks and avoiding large gatherings have all played a part in keeping us safe and we did not want to risk the progress made. With so many variables uncertain (public welfare, lack of quality event, financial impact) the Jaycees reached the difficult and decision to cancel the 128th Wapping Fair with much sadness. The fair committee had been working diligently for the past 8 months already and were eager to present the new innovations. Now this will have to wait until 2021, when the fair will take place Sept 9 – 12. While we know no event can make up for the fun and excitement of the fair, the Jaycees will continue to monitor the situation and if we can provide a safe environment we will make every effort to coordinate an awesome community event over the next few months. Thanks to many successful fairs, the Jaycees have donated almost $20,000 in funds to the South Windsor Human Services and numerous other non-profit organizations and will continue to do so. Thank you for your past support and we look forward to seeing all of you soon Paul Petrillo President South Windsor Jaycees Foundation Inc 860-573-6780

125 Years of History! 

  • 1892-  1st annual Wapping Fair takes place. Sponsored by 
    Wapping Grange to benefit Wapping School District.
  • 1934-  No fair was held due to the depression.
  • 1945-  Fair restarted to commemorate South Windsor's 100th
  • 1952-  Fair relocated to Hall's Grove.
  • 1960s-  Fair relocated to Wapping School location.
  • 1960s-  Wapping Grange formed partnership with South Windsor Jaycees to conduct fair.
  • Late 1960s- Fair relocated to Zagorski Park.
  • Early 1970s- Fair relocated to Rye Street Park.
  • Early 1970s- Wapping Grange gave up its interest in the fair. The Knights of Columbus joined partnership with the Jaycees.
  • Mid 1970s- Jaycees fold. Knights of Columbus is sole sponsor of fair for 2 years.
  • Late 1970s- Knights vote to discontinue sponsoring fair.
  • Late 1970s- Knights of Columbus, Eastern Star & South Windsor Lions all contribute
    funds and manpower to continue Wapping Fair.
  • 1992-  100th anniversary of Wapping Fair. Knights of Columbus, Eastern Star & South Windsor Lions elected to withdraw from fair. Wapping Fair Association was formed to coordinate fair.
  • 1993-  New South Windsor Jaycees chapter takes over agricultural and animal exhibit.
  • 2001-  South Windsor Jaycees becomes sponsoring organization for fair.
  • 2002-  Animal tent grows to point of where a 2nd 4800 sq. ft. is needed.
  • 2003-  Racing Pigs are main attraction at the fair!!! Fair named U. S. Jaycee Project of the Year
  • 2004- Jaycees donated almost $5,500 of fair proceeds to various town causes including My Friends' Place to support Boundless Playground, Town of South Windsor to purchase a defibrillator and Family Awareness Day to support the program
  • 2005- Record crowds attend the fair. Fair donates over $5,000 to various town causes including $800 for the Boundless Playground, $1,000 for the 2nd level ropes course, $1,000 to the South Windsor Fire Department for modernizing training equipment and $2,500 to the South Windsor Police Department to help fund a new police dog.
  • 2006- Family Fun Day comes to the Wapping Fair. Highlighted by two shows from Ronald McDonald, numerous fairgoer participation contests and plenty of entertainment, Sunday reaches new levels of attendance.
  • 2007- The Wapping Fair leaves Rye Street Park after almost 40 years and is held at Evergreen Walk. Fair attendance increased by 18%.
  • 2008-The fair, in its second year at Evergreen Walk, continues to grow with Friday and Sunday having the largest attendance ever. Tufano Amusements becomes the new carnival company and brings in 17 rides, including five thrill rides. The Jaycees use fair proceeds to donate $5,000 to the South Windsor Food & Fuel Bank to help those in need. 
  • 2009-A new promotion to help those in need is started. Fairgoers are given $1.00 off admission on Sunday with the donation of a non-perishable food item. 14 boxes of food are collected and donated to the South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank.
  • 2010-Second highest attendance is reached thanks to Racing Pigs, Jayna Lee (contortionist and acrobat) and Roderick Russell (sword swallower).
  • 2011-The fair continued its tradition of giving back to the community. Through a new Community Opportunity Program, organizations were able to raise funds by helping with the Wapping Fair. The Friends of South Windsor Swimming, Boy Scout Troop 880, Orchard Hill PTO, South Windsor Honor Society and Down to Earth Garden Club raised more than $4,000 for their causes. In addition, the fair donated $5,000 to the South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank.
  • 2012-South Windsor Jaycees created the South Windsor Jaycees Foundation, Inc. The foundation, a 501C3 organization, will now oversee the management of the fair with an emphasis on education. Wapping Schoolhouse becomes the first new attraction for the foundation.
  • 2013-Newest educational attraction Two by Two Zoo brings in rescued exotic animals. New free kiddle attractions include Bubble World and Corn Town as we strive to increase activities for our youngest attendees.
  • 2014- The fair continues its tradition of adding on educational exhibits and more activities (OK Corral and Milking Cow Exhibit) for our youngest fairgoers.
  • 2015-  Food truck festival is added for opening night!  30 food vendors Thursday night and 20 for the rest of the fair.
  • 2016 - Final year at Evergreen Walk.
  • 2017 Fair moves to its new permanent home at the Fair Grounds at Rye Street Park, 75 Brookfield Street, South WindsorAerial4 for parking page
  • 2018 - Signed the largest amusement provider in New England, Fiesta Shows, to a three year contract to provide rides and midway attractions

Read a more detailed history of the fair, written by long-time fair supporter and volunteer Gordon F. Gibson: Wapping Fair history

Gordon attended his first Wapping Fair in 1950, exhibited for the first time at the Wapping Fair in 1965, started working on the Wapping Fair committee in 1969 and still enjoys volunteering at the Wapping Fair each year!  While other committee members have come and gone, Gordon's continued participation helps keep the traditions and history of the fair alive, and the community greatly appreciates his contributions!