’Tis the season for fall festivals

  • Bobby C. Campbell Staff Illustration/Andy Castillo

Published: 9/7/2019 8:00:07 AM

Good morning and welcome to Bobby’s World. It’s that wonderful time of the year again in our region when thousands of people from all corners of the world come to enjoy everything that we have to offer. Fall in Franklin County is such a beautiful thing.

This year’s seasonal events kicked off this past weekend at Apexfest at Apex Orchards in Shelburne. About 1,500 people attended throughout the weekend to enjoy food, activities, apple picking and wagon rides. On Sunday, I was one of three judges for the orchard’s inaugural peach recipe contest. There were about 10 entries, each wonderful, made by area residents.

The first-place prize went to Sue Grader of West County for her awesome skillet peach cobbler, which was fantastic. It was a very fun with a relaxed atmosphere and many smiling faces. Even the orchard’s owner, Tim Smith, had enough free time to be a judge in the contest. If you have never been to Apex Orchards, I recommend it. The orchard has a beautiful store on Peckville Road in Shelburne with an array of items available. Thanks to Tim, Courtney and Dominique for asking me to be a judge — it was a blast.

This weekend is another staple — the Franklin County Fair, when thousands of people come to enjoy agriculture, food, rides, family, friends and memories. It might not be here officially for a few more weeks, but fall is in the air and what better way to celebrate than a trip to the fair in Greenfield.

Other noteworthy events to mark down on your calendar include Conway’s Festival of the Hills the weekend of Oct. 5, The Ashfield Fall Festival Oct. 12 and 13, Pumpkinfest in Turners Falls on Oct. 19, downtown trick or treating in Greenfield on Halloween night and Scarecrow in the Park in Bernardston, which also takes place the weekend of Oct. 19, among many other seasonal events.

Those of us who live here in Franklin County sometimes take for granted what we have right in our backyard. This year, take the time to support the local events happening around you (and don’t forget to stop at our local farm stands to pick up your fall produce and pumpkins for the kids). Personally, I love fall in New England — it’s the best time of the year.

One final thought: I recently polled readers about their favorite things to do at the Franklin County Fair. Here are the top four answers: Hager’s fried dough with maple cream; seeing old friends; visiting the Roundhouse; and the Baby Barnyard. Hope you have a wonderful weekend — now get out and enjoy Franklin County’s 171st annual fair.

As a local personality for radio stations WHAI 98.3, Bear Country 95.3, WHMP 99.3 and Bobby C’s DJ Service for the past 36 years, Bobby C. Campbell has been connected to the community for a very long time. If you have an event that needs promotion or an idea for a future column, e-mail him at bobbyleslie25@gmail.com.

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