Gill, Erving offering pair of fall festivals

  • Dan Lapinski, 6, of Erving, jumps on a bungee trampoline during the 2017 Erving Fall Festival. The event returns on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Madison Liimatainen, 10, of Turners Falls, makes her way up the rock climbing wall during the 2017 Erving Fall Festival. The event returns on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 9/23/2022 2:21:09 PM

Gill and Erving are welcoming leaf peeping and harvest seasons on Sunday with a pair of fall festivals.

Gill’s Harvest Festival, highlighted by area farms and the Historical Commission’s presentation of town history, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on the town common. Erving’s Fall Festival, highlighted by local vendors and fair-style activities, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.

Gill Agricultural Commission Chair Ray Steele said while the commission is in its third year hosting the Harvest Festival, organization is minimal and the event comes together fairly organically.

“We never know until the day who is gonna be there, but … the emphasis is basically on the community getting together,” he said.

Each year, the Harvest Festival draws in around 100 people, Steele said.

“This year,” he continued, “we’re hoping for more.”

While the festival primarily celebrates Gill’s agriculture and showcases local farms, organizers like to “open it up to the entire town,” according to Steele. There will also be a free hay ride, a tractor for children to explore, food grilled by the Gill Fire Department, and the Gill Historical Commission’s spread of information, art and artifacts.

Historical Commission members’ excitement was palpable at their Tuesday meeting. Their table at the festival will include country prints, dinosaur print fossils, a book sale and old town maps, which residents are encouraged to use to find their house.

“Just by us being there and a lot of Gill people being there, I just want them to know that we’re active,” Historical Commission member Charlene Currie commented.

Gill Recreation Committee member Isaac Bingham said he hopes Sunday’s festival functions alongside Saturday’s youth soccer events to foster Gill spirit. Prior to this year, soccer was last offered to elementary school students in Gill around five years ago, the last time the Recreation Commission was operational. With the program up and running again, all three of Gill’s elementary school-level soccer teams will play in town on Saturday morning, a rare occurrence, according to Bingham.

“Games are every Saturday morning at 9 a.m., and typically each team plays in a different surrounding town, but on the weekend of Sept. 24, all three Gill teams will be playing at home behind the Gill Elementary School,” Bingham wrote in an email. “Everyone, including parents and the school staff, have been surprised at the large turnout and enthusiasm.”

Erving

Erving’s Fall Festival, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature mazes, a climbing wall, a mechanical bull, a trampoline and a bounce house, according to the Facebook event page. A wide variety of local vendors selling wares from handmade wreaths to custom air fresheners will be present, in addition to representatives from area farms and community groups.

Efforts to reach organizers of the Fall Festival for more information were unsuccessful.

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or jmendoza@recorder.com.


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