All’s ‘fair’ in Heath’s annual event this weekend
Recorder/File Photo In this file photo from a previous annual Heath Fair, Morgan Lavalle shows his blackface sheep in the pit.
HEATH — Along with old-fashioned traditions of parades, square dancing, fireworks and blueberry pancake breakfasts, speakers at the 96th annual Heath Fair will talk about the return of the American chestnut, a methane digester project, chain saw safety and Just Roots, the Greenfield community farm.
The fair gates open Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and the fair runs through Sunday afternoon.
Friday night’s highlights will include the antique tractor parade and tractor pull, prize Bingo, square dancing and fireworks.
Jessica Van Steensburg will talk about Just Roots, a Greenfield community farm and nonprofit group that offers education on food-growing and farming, community garden plots, workshops and other special events.
Music will be performed by Peter Mulvey and The Crumbling Beauties.
Also that night, Chip Hager of the Hager Bros. Farm in Shelburne will talk about a methane digester project for the farm.
On Saturday, fair-goers can take in an American Dairy Goat Association-sanctioned goat show, cattle and sheep shows and a horse draw.
Lois Breault-Melican and Denis Melican of the American Chestnut Foundation will talk about efforts to restore the American chestnut trees.
Other events on Saturday include herd dog demonstrations from Winterberry Farm, and music by Fireseed, local band Small Change, the Brattlyn Boys and Lonesome Brothers.
On Sunday, there will be a Gymkhana horse show, poultry judging, chicken barbecue, and the fair parade featuring this year’s theme: Fruits of Our Labor. The Shelburne Falls Military Band plays Sunday afternoon, along with Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem.
Sunday’s speakers include state Reps. Paul Mark, D-Dalton, and Anne M. Gobi, D-Spencer, with discussion on agriculture, environment and natural resources.
Along with these special attractions, the fair will showcase the works of local artists, growers and crafters in the Exhibition Hall.
There will also be children’s games and rides, a petting zoo and plenty of food vendors.
Tickets are $7 for general admission, $5 for seniors and children’s admission is free for ages 9 and under. Parking is $1.
To get there, just take Avery Brook Road from Route 2 and follow signs.
For online information, go to: www.heathfair.org