Longtime Shelburne Grange Fair returns Saturday

  • Shane Illinski, then 3, peers into one of the many apron pockets of Pocket Lady Penny Novack looking for a small toy at the Shelburne Grange Fair in 2017. Staff File Photo/DAN LITTLE

  • Above left, Aurora Beck, then 4, tries her hand at weaving on a table loom brought from the Weavers Guild of Springfield at the Shelburne Grange Fair in 2017. Above right, Vincent Gauthier, then 11, right, and his sister Georgia Gauthier, 5, react to Ron Delucia as he holds out a ferret during his live animal interactive experience. Staff File Photos/DAN LITTLE

  • Vincent Gauthier, then 11, right, and his sister Georgia Gauthier, 5, react to Ron Delucia as he holds out a ferret during his live animal interactive experience at the Shelburne Grange Fair in 2017. Staff File Photo/DAN LITTLE

  • Stell Turowsky-Ganci, then 11, left, and Maya Colbeck, 8, walk across the grounds at the Shelburne Grange Fair in 2017. Staff File Photo/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 8/22/2019 6:29:00 PM

SHELBURNE — There will be something for everyone at Saturday’s fair: local produce, arts and crafts, live music, children’s games, a bake sale and a chicken barbecue.

Hosted by the Shelburne Grange, the fair will be held at the Fellowship Hall at 17 Little Mohawk Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

In addition to entertainment and vendors, the fair also includes a number of competitions for various exhibits, among them flowers, fruit, vegetables, canned goods, handcrafts, photography and artwork.

Entries are reviewed by a team of judges, with prizes awarded to successful candidates. Prizes can be picked up Saturday after 4 p.m. An auction of the various exhibits will be held at 4:30 p.m.

The Greenfield Police Department’s newest comfort dog, Officer Donut, will also make a special guest appearance at 10 a.m.

Shelburne Grange President Robert Manners called the fair a “fun family day.”

“You can come spend an hour or two and just enjoy the activities and getting to know your neighbors,” Manners said. “It’s just a small-town way of life and celebration.”

The fair has a storied history, making its debut as a flower show in the mid-20th century, he explained.

“It just became more and more and more and more,” Manners said. “It’s brought in more aspects of community and entertainment.”

The Grange is a national fraternal organization founded in 1867 with the goal of providing rural populations with a support network, Manners said. The Shelburne chapter was formed in 1903, and currently has about 90 members, he added. The group meets monthly and holds a variety of community events each year. Visit shelburnegrange.org for more information.

Reach Grace Bird at gbird@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 280.




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