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Neighbors: All’s fair this weekend, especially fried dough

Hello neighbor.

Has anyone else noticed this was a very long short week? I don’t know if it was the intense heat and humidity or what, but the weekend is here and it’s fair time.

The Franklin County Fair opened last night with its parade along Main Street. It will be open through Sunday. Gates open 11 a.m. today and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

If you go tonight, don’t forget to head to the Community Stage at 6 p.m. for Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent. Should be a good time as you watch some of the county’s best vie for cash prizes.

This year you’ll get to enjoy everything from racing pigs and Flying High Frisbee Dogs to local bands, oxen pulls and numerous demonstrations.

I won’t be going until Saturday with grandson Justin and his mom Suzanne, but when we get there I’ll be heading straight for some Hager’s Farm fried dough with maple cream.

Whatever your pleasure — rides, games, food or events — have a great time and let me know what you liked best about the fair this year, if you have time.

Also, there is a new activity booklet for all children who attend the fair. They can be found in the Briggs Fish and Game Building and at the information booth. The booklets contain hidden pictures, a word search, a maze and other activities. The illustrations were done by Marlene Chmelewski.

See you there!

Here are a few upcoming events:

GREENFIELD SAVINGS BANK IN TURNERS FALLS will present Megan Thompson, who will transform herself into Frye Angel as she performs with fire on the front lawn of the bank’s Avenue A branch Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

PIONEER VALLEY INSTITUTE PRESIDENT Richard Little will lead a four-hour hike through the Chesterfield Gorge on Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. The hike is free for current members and $5 for everyone else. Richard will concentrate on the geology of the gorge.

Pre-registration is required by emailing Richard at: rdlittle2000@aol.com.

The hike is not accessible to those with handicaps.

WARM COLORS APIARY IN SOUTH DEERFIELD will hold its annual Honey Festival Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2 South Mill River Road. Admission is free and families are welcome.

There will be honey, beeswax products and honey ice cream by Flayvors of Cook Farm in Hadley.

For more information, visit: www.warmcolorsapiary.com.

RIVERCULTURE THIRD THURSDAY event, “20th Century Turners Falls,” will be held Sept. 18 throughout downtown Turners Falls from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be exhibitions, talks, performances, installation, films and workshops all on Turners Falls. My hometown!

For more information, call 413-863-1390 or email: riverculture@montague-ma.gov.

THE CENTER FOR NEW AMERICANS in Greenfield has spaces available in its free Education for Speakers of Other Languages classes. Beginner and advanced classes run Monday through Thursday mornings. There are also some evening classes in Turners Falls.

For more information, call 413-772-0055.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: franklincountyneighbors@gmail.com or call 413-772-0261, ext. 280. You can also reach Anita on Facebook at Anita’s Neighbors. Information to be included in Neighbors may also be sent to: neighbors@recorder.com up to noon two days before you want it to run.

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