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AMHERST ROTARY FAIR: The town common fills with rides, games and food this week for the annual fair. It opens Thursday at 5 p.m., Friday at 3 p.m., and Saturday at 11 a.m., and closes each night at 10.

HILLTOWN SPRING FESTIVAL: Check out performers Hot Day at the Zoo, Tony Vacca and Appalachian Still at the seventh annual Hilltown Spring Festival, June 1 at the Cummington Fairgrounds. The festival also features music workshops, art exhibits, kids-made craft bazaar, food and more. Gates open at 10 a.m. Visit www.hilltowncdc.org.

TASTES LIKE ... ASPARAGUS: Long Hollow Bison Farm in Hadley hosts an Asparagus Festival June 2, with asparagus pizza and asparagus ice cream, plus live music, baby bison, antique tractors and a beer tent. 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

RIVERFEST: Children in masks take to the streets June 8 for the annual Frog and Flower Parade during the Shelburne Falls Riverfest. Event includes displays about the Deerfield River, performance by Piti Theater, and an evening screening of the 1982 film “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance.” http://www.shelburnefalls.com/regional-events/56-riverfest

WATCHING COWS: Brattleboro’s Strolling of the Heifers Parade will be June 8 at 10 a.m. Afterward, you can follow the crowd to the all-day, 11-acre Slow Living Expo for food, music, dance and exhibits.

MUTTON AND MEAD: Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men will spend the weekend in Montague June 22 and 23, for the Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival. Jousting, knife-throwing and archery demonstrations are also on the agenda. The festival is held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, rain or shine, at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club in Turners Falls. Find more information at muttonandmead.com.

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