Fancy fair

a fair at which articles of fancy and ornament are sold, generally for some charitable purpose.

See also: Fancy

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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But, happy Sissy's happy children loving her; all children loving her; she, grown learned in childish lore; thinking no innocent and pretty fancy ever to be despised; trying hard to know her humbler fellow-creatures, and to beautify their lives of machinery and reality with those imaginative graces and delights, without which the heart of infancy will wither up, the sturdiest physical manhood will be morally stark death, and the plainest national prosperity figures can show, will be the Writing on the Wall, - she holding this course as part of no fantastic vow, or bond, or brotherhood, or sisterhood, or pledge, or covenant, or fancy dress, or fancy fair; but simply as a duty to be done, - did Louisa see these things of herself?
"And I have had a table at a fancy fair, and made better sales than anybody.
Besides those I have mentioned, there was an extremely dirty lady with her bonnet all awry and the ticketed price of her dress still sticking on it, whose neglected home, Caddy told me, was like a filthy wilderness, but whose church was like a fancy fair. A very contentious gentleman, who said it was his mission to be everybody's brother but who appeared to be on terms of coolness with the whole of his large family, completed the party.
She is always having stalls at Fancy Fairs for the benefit of these hapless beings.
Under the headline "Bazaar and Fancy Fair," a news article advertised a "monster gala" that was about to unfold in Stanley Park in aid of Stanley Hospital, the third such fundraiser.
At 1,000ft wide, it housed a Fancy Fair with stalls, pantomime, acrobats, dancing and, it was rumoured, saucier entertainments.
On the other hand the other ante post fancy Fair Along has been given a perfectly acceptable berth in stall 26.
The seven-year-old showed his prowess as a stayer when lifting the Chester Cup at the chief expense of major fancy Fair Along on good to firm going in May.
VENETIA WILLIAMS is leaning towards running leading fancy Fair Question in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday, but said yesterday that she would keep her options open until closer to declaration time, writes Bill Barber.
The group, which began as the Fancy Fair in Bournemouth more than 120 years ago, runs 12 stores across the UK.
On Racing Post Ratings, the 147 Twist Magic earned at Fakenham puts him only 3lb behind current leading Arkle fancy Fair Along, and would have earned him top-rating in today's race even without the cushion of the four-year-old's weight allowance.
John Betts produced good jigsaw puzzles between 1830-1870, and he was a dedicated educationalist, while the firm of Arthur Park marketed some rather fine puzzles called variously: The Launch of the Thunderer, Fancy Fair, and The Coronation ofQueen Victoria which predicted the popularity of large ships and also the Royal Family.