Carmelite Fair returns to Holladay after two year absence

Sep 1, 2022, 2:47 PM
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FILE: Mother Maureen, right, and Sister Therese enjoy the Carmelite Fair in Holladay Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)
(Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)

HOLLADAY, Utah — After a two-year pandemic-related hiatus, the Carmelite nuns will again offer the Carmelite Fair in Holladay. And along with a return to the fair, the nuns are celebrating the 70th year at their Holladay location.

The Carmelite nuns keep themselves strictly separated from the external world and are therefore known as cloistered nuns. They do not leave their monastery and speak only if it is essential to do so.

At the Holladay location, since 1952, they have dedicated their lives to praying for the world. And they depend on the annual fair as their main source of income.

The fair will be on Sunday, September 18th, and includes a 5K Run for the Nuns-Race for Grace.  The race begins at the monastery in Holladay. The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 5  p.m. with free shuttles to the monastery

A week before the fair, on Saturday, September 10th there will be a Golf Tournament at Mountain Dell Canyon Golf Course, in Parleys Canyon. All proceeds will be donated to the nuns.

What can you expect from the Carmelite Fair? Dancers from around the world, a live auction, games, rides and prize giveaways including a 2022 Kia Sportage.

Also, there’s a service opportunity for anybody who’d like to help set up for the fair. According to their website, “all able-bodied persons are welcome to participate in this activity,” both before and after the fair begins.



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