Thursday, August 28, 2014
CUMMINGTON — Billed as the “biggest and best little fair in the country,” the 146th annual Cummington Fair is set to open Thursday and run through Aug. 24.
Board member Lillian Bisbee said the fair usually draws between 25,000 and 30,000 people.
Bisbee said that each day of the fair will have themed events along with the standard games, rides, crafts, exhibits, and performances.
Thursday is the night for trucks and a 4x4 truck pull will be held in the pulling arena at 6:30 p.m.
“People can sign up to participate when they arrive,” Bisbee said. “It is a very popular event especially with the younger crowd.”
Friday is children’s night and cruise night. The children’s corner will be open from 4 to 7 p.m., a youth dairy judging contest takes place at 7 p.m. and classic cars will be on display throughout the evening.
Friday also features a buffet-style spaghetti dinner.
“New this year we also have a full-sized Holstein that the kids can milk,” Bisbee said.
Bisbee added that the bovine replica was purchased by the Cummington Fair and the Three-County Fair in Northampton and is shared by the two. “The kids really loved it in Northampton, so I’m sure they will love it here too,” she said.
Saturday is “old-fashioned day.”
Bisbee said, “We appointed a new five-member junior board for kids this year. They normally help out at the fair, and this year they came up with a lot of old-fashioned games to play.”
They include a wheelbarrow race, pie-eating contest, three-legged race, sack race, and an egg-and-spoon race
There will also be an oxen and antique tractor parade at 1 p.m. and a roast beef dinner served at noon and 4 p.m.
Sunday will be senior citizens day featuring the “Golden Wedding Contest” where couples that have been married the longest are recognized by the community and presented with small gifts.
A turkey dinner will be served at 5 p.m.
A variety of foods will be sold throughout the fair by independent vendors. The Cummington Fair’s own food vendor will donate its total sales to the “Relay for Life” sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Gates open at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Entrance fee for adults is $10, and $5 for children ages 10 to 15. Admission is free for children under 10 and seniors pay $8 on Sunday.
For more information about the fair visit www.cummingtonfair.com.
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Blueberries in Chesterfield
The Roberts family farm is in the midst of its blueberry season and owner Cindy Roberts said the crop this year is pretty tasty.
The farm at 222 South Street in Chesterfield has six acres of berries waiting to be picked by blueberry fans of all ages.
“We have 20 different varieties from small to big and everything in between,” Roberts said.
According to Roberts, the farm has been producing blueberries since 1950.
“My husband Bruce’s father was a music teacher and had summers off, so this is what he did as a summer job,” Roberts said.
If you make the trip to harvest your own blueberries, you can also practice your golf skills at the farm’s mini-golf area.
The farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.
Fran Ryan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.