Ashfield rings in fall with festival Saturday, Sunday
Antique cars line Main Strteet during the Fall Festival in Ashfield
Matthew Pollen reaches for the rope to ring the bell on the fidget ladder at the cun scout station at the Ashfield Fall Festival
ASHFIELD — The maple trees of Ashfield have already turned crimson, but some would say it’s not really fall until the Ashfield Fall Festival, this Saturday and Sunday from about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festival began in 1969 as a way to showcase the works of local artists and to raise scholarship money for local students. The event features juried art and handcrafts from at least 50 local artists and artisans each year, along with several hundred festival-goers, rain or shine.
Last year’s festival netted $12,500 for the Ashfield Citizens Scholarship Fund.
The Town Hall meeting room becomes an emporium of handmade jewelry, glass, fiber arts and other goods, while the smells of freshly baked apple pie and maple cream on fried dough waft through the air.
Local farm products have become a bigger draw in recent years, and one can find heirloom variety apples, maple sugar products, homemade soups, blueberry cobblers and plenty of other fare.
More artwork, photography and handmade goods are available in the tents set up on the Town Common, where there is live music, dancing and a “midway” of game booths for children. While parents browse, kids can play on fidget ladders, cork-gun target shooting, a treasure hunt, maze climber and “Test Your Speed” baseball throw.
Besides the food and crafts, there are eclectic tag sales along Main Street, as well as book sales at the Belding Memorial Library, Paris Press and Storey Publications.
On Saturday at noon, there are pumpkin games, which include relay races, pumpkin bowling, “musical pumpkins” and others.
Saturday’s musical lineup includes: Ashfield Community Band, Fireseed, This Land is Your Lands, Celtic music from Banish Misfortune and Morris Dancers.
Sunday’s lineup includes fiddlers Abby and Harry Adams, folk-singer/songwriter Lui Collins, West County Jazz, Radio Free Earth, bluegrass with Andrew Kinsey and Marc Fromm, and the Mohawk Music Students.
The event is free. Complete information is available at the website:
You can reach Diane Broncaccio at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 277