It’s still a dandy after all these years.

The 70th annual Yankee Doodle Fair is rollicking with good times all weekend at the Westport Woman’s Club, benefiting the group’s charities.

“This is the 108th year that the woman’s club has been doing something to raise money for the community,” said Dorothy Curran, club president and fair co-chairwoman. In 1907 when it was founded, she said, the club helped to raise money to build sidewalks downtown.

“This past year we gave over $30,000 in grant to not-for-profit organizations and another $30,000 to Staples High School students, over and above the tuition grants,” she said.

Curran said Thursday’s opening day for the fair was a record-breaker, and Friday’s crowd — following the end of the academic year in town — was very large.

“I think it’s great for the kids and great for the community,” said Jim DeVito of Westport, who brought his 4-year-old granddaughter to the fair.

“I love it,” said Tom Keefe of Westport. “It’s terrific for a family and it’s also a short walk from our house.”

Returning visitors will be sure to remember the carnival rides and attractions, including some of the big rides like the Scrambler and the Ferris wheel, along with the many games, including darts, basketball and Whack-a Mole.

Along with prize raffles, the fair also features a large baked-goods sale, as well as vendors offereing a range of international cuisine.

“It’s a fantastic place for the community to get together,” said Christina McVaney, a co-chairwoman of the even. It also was the first time new resident McVaney had experienced the fair. “All these kids last night were just overjoyed. You could just feel their energy at the fair.”

“School’s out,” she said. “Time for fun.”

“It’s our first year here,” said Amber Warnke of Westport. “It’s really cute. The kids really like it.”

“I love it,” said Catherine Wallace, 10, of Westport. “It’s just really fun.”

“It’s great family entertainment,” said Dan Wallitt of Westport, “and our kids have looked forward to it every year. It’s a great start to the Father’s Day weekend.”

The Yankee Doodle Fair continues at the Westport Woman’s Club grounds, 44 Imperial Ave., on Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit for more details.