After months of discussion, Reading Rotary has taken on responsibility for running the Reading Fall Street Faire (RFSF). The RFSF is a popular community event held the second Sunday of September in Reading's downtown. Vendors and community groups can purchase a booth to sell food or other goods or, in the case of community groups, can use the opportunity to distribution information about themselves. The RFSF began nine years ago by the Town of Reading to raise funds for improvement of Reading's downtown. It has grown and had approximately 15,000 people attend in 2016.
The RFSF had been organized through the Town's Street Faire Committee and was comprised of volunteers. Due to budgetary and resource concerns, the Town wanted to cease its role as organizer.
Reading Rotary President Elect Brian Snell stated: "It was a natural fit for Rotary to take over the Faire. Several Rotarians, including me, have been instrumental in planning the Faire. Rotary now has the opportunity to continue this very popular event and hopefully grow it even more."

The transfer of responsibility for the RFSF to Rotary coincides with the Club's recent adopting a pilot Service Membership Policy. All members of the Town Street Faire Committee have been offered Service Memberships, where the Club will pay the dues and fees for the first year.

The Faire will be held on Sunday, May 10, 2017 and will be set up from Reading Common, along the east side of Main Street, down Haven Street and parts of High Street. There will also be a road race as part of the festivities. Vendors of all kind are invited. Online registration will go live in June.