Heath Fair kicks off Friday

 

Greenfield Recorder 08/16/2012, Page C01

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

Recorder Staff

HEATH — The 95th annual Heath Fair begins Friday evening, offering a weekend of animal shows and competitions, food, fireworks, agricultural talks and parades.

Friday night’s highlights include a “church ladies” ham and bean supper, an antique tractor parade and tractor pull, prize bingo, square dancing, music by Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, and fireworks.

On Saturday morning, an American Dairy Goat Association Goat show will exhibit purebred varieties, including Alpine, Nubian and Nigerian Dwarf goats, starting at 10 a.m.

Other highlights will include a kids’ garden tractor pull, a herd dog demonstration, kids’ games, and sheep and cattle shows.

At noon, on both Saturday and Sunday, there’s a chicken barbecue and afternoon wagon rides with Tommy Flynn are featured both weekend days.

Talks on agriculture are a regular feature and the fair offers the following: Cheese-making, with teacher Jim Wallace of Shelburne Falls on Friday at 6:30 p.m.; brewer Charlie Olchowski on cider making, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; chain saw strategies with Mike Smith on Saturday at 1 p.m.; herbalist Clare Peason on medicinal herbs at 3 p.m.; beekeeper Rick Intres of Ashfield on beekeeping, Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday’s speakers include a discussion on “gardening the community” and urban gardening at 10 a.m., state Rep. Paul Mark on the environment and natural resources, at 11:30 a.m., and wildlife rehabilitator Loril Moondream at 3 p.m.

Saturday’s music includes Last Night’s Fun, 1 p.m.; Seven Mile Line at 4 p.m. and Bright Lines at 7 p.m.

Sunday’s music lineup includes Ed Fuller at 10:30 a.m., the Heath School Strings at 11 a.m.; the Shelburne Falls Military Band at 11:30, and the Sweetback Sisters at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday’s fair activities include a 9 a.m. church service and a blueberry pancake breakfast, ox draw, and gymkhana. The theme of the annual parade, which takes place at 1 p.m. is “right to farm.”

General tickets are $7 per adult, $5 for seniors and free for children ages 9 and under. Also, three-day passes are available for $15, or $10 for seniors.

For more information, visit the website at:

www.heathfair.org