57th Conway Festival of the Hills set for Sunday

  • Herb Thurber tosses an iron skillet during the skillet toss at a previous Conway Festival of the Hills. Thurber had a distance of 26 feet, 9 inches. Staff FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 9/30/2019 5:44:56 PM

CONWAY — For the first time in its history, the Conway Festival of the Hills will be held as an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit event this year.

The festival, entering its 57th year, is scheduled to last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Conway’s town field, and include the usual favorites, such as the log splitting contest, the skillet toss, a craft fair and live music.

Festival of the Hills Committee Co-Chair Sue MacDonald said there will also be additional food vendors this year.

“It’s a whole-town event, for sure,” she said. “We’re really excited. Hopefully, we’re going to have a really good turnout with good weather and all that.”

MacDonald said she has lived in town for more than 30 years and her husband is a Conway native who grew up attending the Festival of the Hills. MacDonald got involved in 2015 following a public plea for volunteers to keep the event from ending. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation means donations are tax-deductible.

The festival, recognized as a Library of Congress “Local Legacy” in Western Massachusetts, is an all-volunteer event that raises scholarship money for the town’s high school graduates. There will also be blacksmithing, weaving, and freshly pressed cider and fried dough with maple cream. Admission, parking and nearly all festival activities are free of charge.

In addition to the festival on Sunday, there is a weekend full of activities, including art exhibits, a book sale, turkey dinner, and the Covered Bridge Classic road race and children’s 1.7-mile Fun Run. There is a $20 fee for the eight-division 10K and the 1.7-miler costs $5, with handmade medals for all finishers. Online registration is at runreg.com, through Oct. 5. There is also same-day registration in front of the Field Memorial Library until 9:40 a.m.

A complete schedule of weekend activities, course maps and other information is available at festivalofthehills.com. The festival also has a Facebook page.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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