[Editor’s Note: For more stories on Heritage Day 2017 and related activities, click here.]
The Trustees of Reservations is inviting the public back for its 3rd fall festival on the eve of Heritage Day.
Celebrate with them from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 8. The partially tented event is rain or shine.
Sunday’s forecast is spotty. But, last year there was still plenty of fun in the rain. (You can check out more of those pics here.)
There are a few changes this year. The entry fee is per car this time. ($25 per car for Trustees members, and $30 per car for nonmembers.) Once inside, almost all activities are free.
The farm is adding a tractor-pulled hay ride. (That will cost extra.)
The other change is to the pie contest. This year, instead of baking them, contestants are encourage to eat them. The rules and details are a bit different from the annual Heritage Day contest.
The farm will be offering up 10 inch chocolate and banana cream pies. Either one adult or two kids will vie to be the first to finish one. Contestants can use their hands.
The rest of the details are similar to last year’s festival: farm related fun, live music, farm animals, crafts and games, local vendors and food, face painting, and more family friendly activities.
As part of the festival, the first 100 families will get one free pumpkin. (After that, pumpkins will be for sale.) It’s perfect timing to carve and decorate pumpkins for Light Up Southborough downtown that night.
[Editor’s Note: I know. Last year, rain cancelled the lit pumpkin wall display. But that was pouring rain. So far, forecasts are just threatening showers. The Rotary Club promises the event will go on this year unless there is another downpour.
If that happens, Rotary has a backup date of October 15th. But, I’ll keep you posted.]
Here’s the schedule for Sunday’s Harvest Festival:
10:00am – 3:00pm – General Activities (all free unless otherwise noted)
- Farm game races, every hour on the half hour (potato sack and three-legged races)
- Hay rides approx every 30 minutes ($5 pp or $12 for 3 people.)
- Cider Press
- Photo Booth
- Hay Maze
- Face Painting ($5 pp)
- Pop-up Barnyard with bunnies and goats
- Pumpkin carving and painting (first 100 families get one free pumpkin)
- Crafts (veggie stamping)
- A beekeeper demo
- Food and beverages for sale*
11:00 am – Music from Dave Garden with Hit the Bus
12:30 pm – Pie Eating Contest (Scroll back up for details)
1:00 pm – Music by the folk duo, The Brother’s Weir
1:30 pm – Goat Milking Contest (No, you won’t get to milk a goat. But you can cheer on the returning and local contestants who are facing off to see who can milk the most in a set amount of time.)
*Food and beverages will be available for purchase, including Trustees own farm-raised beef. There will also be some sweet treats for sale from Yummy Mummy Bakery and Anna Banana’s Chocolates. The farmstand will also be open for business.
Updated (10/6/17 1:02 pm): I got the scoop on what’s involved in the pie eating contest. I also clarified what the extra costs are. Everything else is free.