MAIN STREET WAS PACKED with people during the September 10 Victorian Fair. (Photo by Raj Das,



MELROSE—The Chamber of Commerce’s President of the Board of Directors Lou Izzi called the turnout for the city’s 42nd annual Victorian Fair “spectacular.”

The event was held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10.

In spite of the sometimes pelting rain, people were having a “great time,” according to Izzi.


MELROSE RESIDENT JACK WELCH showed off his 1976 Morgan at the city’s 42nd annual Victorian Fair, held on Sunday, September 10. (Gail Lowe Photo)


“We missed one year because of the pandemic, but we’ve built upon it, and this year we’re having a good stretch,” he said, adding that support from the city’s Department of Public Works was, as in years past, excellent.

The event is held each year to bring people together, showcase businesses and provide entertainment.

This year, vendors lined Main Street from one end to the other and offered everything from delicious samples of bread pudding to fresh squeezed lemonade. Businesses were on hand to promote their products and services.


EMPLOYEES OF 110 GRILL attended Melrose’s 42nd annual Victorian Fair on Sunday, Sept. 10. The restaurant has gluten-free food on its menu in addition to many other delicious items, said General Manager Leigh Bull. (Gail Lowe Photo)


The Melrose Band, comprised of young musicians, provided upbeat music. There were also raffles, games and appearances of animated characters like SpongeBob SquarePants.

Members of the First Baptist Church passed out water to thirsty Fair-goers, and local politicians encouraged people to get out and vote.

Entertainment, performances, carnival rides, food, civic and information provided by non-profit organizations rounded out the fun.

Because of the inclement weather, the event ended a littler earlier than expected.



A GROUP OF EIGHTH GRADE GIRLS from Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School were spotted playing ball at the city’s 42nd annual Victorian Fair on Sunday, Sept. 10. (Gail Lowe Photo)