Something for all at Ashfield fest

  • Recorder/David Rainville<br/>There was something for everyone at a giant tag sale at ST&I Services Saturday during the Ashfield Fall Festival. The company's wide array of wares come from clean-outs and estate sales it handles.

    Recorder/David Rainville
    There was something for everyone at a giant tag sale at ST&I Services Saturday during the Ashfield Fall Festival. The company's wide array of wares come from clean-outs and estate sales it handles.

  • Recorder/David Rainville<br/>Let the Pumpkingames begin!<br/>The Ashfield Fall Festival runs Saturday and Sunday and among its highlights is the world-famous Pumpkingames. Everybody is invited to participate in the competition, which prides itself on being as silly as possible. The idea is to have fun. Pictured here: teammates make a basket with their arms to carry as many pumpkins as they can during the pumpkin relay race last year. See “Fairs & Festivals.”

    Recorder/David Rainville
    Let the Pumpkingames begin!
    The Ashfield Fall Festival runs Saturday and Sunday and among its highlights is the world-famous Pumpkingames. Everybody is invited to participate in the competition, which prides itself on being as silly as possible. The idea is to have fun. Pictured here: teammates make a basket with their arms to carry as many pumpkins as they can during the pumpkin relay race last year. See “Fairs & Festivals.”

  • Recorder/David Rainville<br/>Ashfield town common was full of fun, with music, midway games, and pumpkin-themed races and contests during the Ashfield Fall Festival.

    Recorder/David Rainville
    Ashfield town common was full of fun, with music, midway games, and pumpkin-themed races and contests during the Ashfield Fall Festival.

  • Recorder/David Rainville<br/>Michael Melle's scarecrow family hangs out under the craft tent at the Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday.

    Recorder/David Rainville
    Michael Melle's scarecrow family hangs out under the craft tent at the Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday.

  • Recorder/David Rainville<br/>Phineas Tuttman, 7, of Shelburne Falls, reaches for victory on the rope ladder game at the Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday.

    Recorder/David Rainville
    Phineas Tuttman, 7, of Shelburne Falls, reaches for victory on the rope ladder game at the Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday.

  • Kids pass pumpkins 'round and 'round during a game of musical pumpkins at the Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday.

    Kids pass pumpkins 'round and 'round during a game of musical pumpkins at the Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday.

  • Recorder/David Rainville<br/>The Hilltowns 4H Livestock Club brought some sheep and set up a pettig zoo at the Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday.

    Recorder/David Rainville
    The Hilltowns 4H Livestock Club brought some sheep and set up a pettig zoo at the Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday.

  • Kids pass pumpkins 'round and 'round during a game of musical pumpkins at the Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday.

    Kids pass pumpkins 'round and 'round during a game of musical pumpkins at the Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday.

  • Recorder/David Rainville<br/>There was something for everyone at a giant tag sale at ST&I Services Saturday during the Ashfield Fall Festival. The company's wide array of wares come from clean-outs and estate sales it handles.
  • Recorder/David Rainville<br/>Let the Pumpkingames begin!<br/>The Ashfield Fall Festival runs Saturday and Sunday and among its highlights is the world-famous Pumpkingames. Everybody is invited to participate in the competition, which prides itself on being as silly as possible. The idea is to have fun. Pictured here: teammates make a basket with their arms to carry as many pumpkins as they can during the pumpkin relay race last year. See “Fairs & Festivals.”
  • Recorder/David Rainville<br/>Ashfield town common was full of fun, with music, midway games, and pumpkin-themed races and contests during the Ashfield Fall Festival.
  • Recorder/David Rainville<br/>Michael Melle's scarecrow family hangs out under the craft tent at the Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday.
  • Recorder/David Rainville<br/>Phineas Tuttman, 7, of Shelburne Falls, reaches for victory on the rope ladder game at the Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday.
  • Kids pass pumpkins 'round and 'round during a game of musical pumpkins at the Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday.
  • Recorder/David Rainville<br/>The Hilltowns 4H Livestock Club brought some sheep and set up a pettig zoo at the Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday.
  • Kids pass pumpkins 'round and 'round during a game of musical pumpkins at the Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday.

ASHFIELD — Some went for the fried dough, some went for the tag sales, and others went for the fun and games, but it seemed like everyone wound up at the Ashfield Fall Festival for one reason or another.

“We come for all the kid-friendly activities,” said Marika Weissman of Colrain. She, boyfriend Josh Alamed and daughter Skylar Alamed, 7, came to the festival for their second year Saturday.

She said Skylar loves the fall and the family tries to get out to as many autumn events as they can. They’ve been apple picking, gone through corn mazes, and went to the county fair. Though they can’t wait for the Franklin County Pumpkin Fest this weekend, there was plenty of pumpkin-themed fun Saturday to tide them over.

Skylar and other kids played games like musical pumpkins and a pumpkin relay race, part of the kid-friendly fun on the common, but she was really there to shop.

“My favorite part is the tag sales,” said Skylar.

“She goes for whatever catches her eye, from stuffed animals to knick-knacks and jewelry,” added Weissman. “We give her a few dollars to get something.”

“She’s a real bargain shopper,” said Alamed.

She wasn’t the only one determined to find a deal Saturday.

Over on Baptist Corner Road, a local estate sale and cleanout service held a huge tag sale. ST&I Services held its 18th annual “World Famous, Incredibly Huge Tag Sale” during the festival.

Bargain hunters could find everything from old traffic lights and basketball hoops to mountain bikes, guitar amps and tools. It seemed like ST&I had everything but the kitchen sink, until this reporter turned a corner and saw one for sale.

Several households in the area of the festival had their own tag sales, too, clearing out clutter and selling their handiworks in driveways and on doorsteps.

There were also several lining Main Street and inside Town Hall and the First Congregational Church.

Michael Melle of Plainfield was selling some eerily lifelike scarecrows. Each scarecrow starts with a skeleton of wooden “bones” held together by screws and wire, over which Melle wraps straw.

“They’re poseable,” said Melle. “You can have them holding a rake one day or fishing the next. It really puts a smile on people’s faces.”

Melle started making scarecrows at the request of a neighbor, who was in charge of a scarecrow contest 22 years ago.

While Melle and his scarecrows hung out in the craft tent, others were set up in Town Hall.

Ashfield local Kurt Meyer had an array of wooden wares for sale, from simple earrings and pendants to exquisite expandable jewelry boxes.

Each box was made from several sections, which telescoped out when opened and folded flat when closed.

Others sold blown glass and pottery, paintings and photographs, quilts and clothes, and even handmade garden tools from Ashfield Tools.

David Rainville can be reached at:
drainville@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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