Photos: Rainy Sunday at Chestnut Hill Farm

by beth on October 13, 2016

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Above: Kids’ spirits were high at the Farm Festival despite the rain. (photos by The Trustees of Reservations)

The Sunday before Heritage Day was a rainy disappointment. Many of us had looked forward to capping off a festive day with the great annual lith pumpkin display “Light Up Southborough”. Unfortunately, (or as many children considered “tragically”), the pumpkin display was cancelled.

But earlier in the day, Chestnut Hill Farm welcomed the public to its Farm Festival despite the rain. (It was a bitter irony for the farmers who had been waiting for a rain like Sunday’s all summer long – only to have it finally show up on the one day they didn’t want it!)

It wasn’t the turnout a beautiful day would have brought, but many hearty New Englanders turned up to enjoy the festivities. (And some of us who weren’t feeling so hearty, but our kids were – so we went anyways!)

There was pumpkin decorating, a hay maze, performances, a goat milking contest, donut eating contest and pie baking contest. And some kids just enjoyed an excuse to splash in the mud.

The Trustees of Reservations’ photographer captured some beautiful shots.  For a better look, click on thumbnails below:

Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Preparing for the Goat Milking Contest (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Goat Milking Contest (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Goat Milking Contest (photo by The Trustees of Reservations)

Goat Milking Contest (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Goat Milking Contest winner, previous champion Freddie Gillespie (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Skyrise players perform (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Skyrise players perform (photo by The Trustees of Reservations)

Pumpkin decorating at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Pumpkin carving at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Pumpkin carving at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Decorating pumpkins at Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) 

Splashing in the mud at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Feeding goats at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Hay Maze at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Hay Maze at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations)

Hay Maze at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Face painting at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Grinding apples for cider at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations)

Ben Keyes performing at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Crowd enjoying music at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Donut Eating contest at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Donut Eating contest at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations)

Donut Eating contest at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Judging the Pie Baking contest at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Judging the Pie Baking contest at the Chestnut Hill Farm Festival 2016 (photo by The Trustees of Reservations) Award for best entry in Pie Baking contest goes to Cassie Melo (photo by The Trustees of Reservations)

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