AFFORDABLE FAMILY FUN CLOSE TO HOME WITH SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
The Heath Fair is a bargain for a family fun day out in the beautiful hills of western Franklin County. Just 30 minutes from Greenfield, there are agricultural activities with many more events, attractions and music; all included with the low admission fee.
Check out our website at heathfair.org. It includes a great video, a complete program schedule, travel directions, and how to register entries for the Exhibit Hall and Animal Judging. Deadlines are fast approaching: must be received by Aug 8th for paper, by 5 pm Aug 10th for online submission.
The 102nd Heath Fair will take place August 16th,17th and 18th at the Heath Fairgrounds on the corner of Colrain Stage Road and Hosmer Road in Heath, Mass.
Friday: 5:00PM-11:00PM Saturday: 8:00AM-10:00PM Sunday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
General Admission: $10 Seniors (65 and older): $8 Kids 10 and under are FREE.
A limited number of 3-Day Passes, offering a significant discount ($20 Admission, $15 Senior) will be available July 19th to August 9th at the Heath Town Hall (town coordinator). They are also available at Avery’s General Store in Charlemont and Hager’s Farm Market in Shelburne Falls.
Parking on the fairgrounds is now FREE.
The fair is held rain or shine. Most events take place under shelter.
Friday night: Fireworks, Bike Raffle, Square Dancing, Ham and Bean Supper, Beer Garden, Tractor Pull, Live Music and Free Bingo. ***Only high and sustained winds will cancel the fireworks so even if it is raining – come on up to the Fair for a great display!!!!
Saturday: Horse Pull, Truck Pull, Live Music, Dog Herding Demonstration, Speakers’ Tent, Classic midway full of local arts & crafts, vendors, food stands, Beer Garden, Heath Fire Dept BBQ, the 8th Nationally Sanctioned Dairy Goat Show and a Master Gardeners’ Tent.
Sunday: Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, Oxen Pull, Hilltown Alaskan Husky Sled Dog Demonstration Demonstration, Heath Fire Dept BBQ, Speakers’ Tent, Live Music, Beer Tent, Parade and Classic Car Cruise.
New this year: (Sun 11a.m.-12p.m.) Hilltown Sled Dogs with international gold medalist Marla BB, along with her handlers and team of Alaskan Huskies will demonstrate Dryland Mushing from Cani-Cross, Bikejoring & Scootering, to Rig Racing with 1, 2 & 3 dogs. Come meet the sweetest Sled Dogs in the world, then watch how they love to pull & run!
Back by Popular Demand – Local Brews Garden: Featuring local brews (beer and cider) offered by the People’s Pint. You must be 21 or over to enter the garden and all beverages must be consumed within the garden (cash only). Enjoy a cold brew while you relax on the hay bale lounge and listen to live music. Friday beginning at 5 pm, Sat and Sunday beginning at 12 pm.
Agriculture Events: Cows, sheep, poultry, and rabbits displayed and judged, oxen and horse draws, truck pull, an antique tractor pull and kids’ garden tractor pull. Live demonstrations include sheep shearing and border collie dog herding.
The Exhibit Hall will display local garden, crafts and art entries all three days, starting at 5PM Friday.
The Speakers’ Tent will feature a variety of different agricultural presentations.
The Agricultural Tent is where you can relive our agricultural past. Typical opportunities include making and writing with a quill pen, shelling corn with an antique shelling machine and making butter or ice cream the old fashioned way, tasting heirloom tomatoes and peppers and making your own rope at the antique rope winder.
American Dairy Goat Association Sanctioned Dairy Goat Show: On Saturday at 10:00 AM., eight different breeds from across New England will be competing. Observers can see these beautiful animals up close and hear the judges explain their ribbon decisions.
Fun for Kids: The animal barns and a petting zoo are open throughout the fair. The Kids Bike Raffle is held at 8:15 pm on Friday and you must be there to win! Donald Bisbee’s free horse-drawn wagon rides start on Saturday. Saturday kid’s singing, acting and dancing event by the Under the Tree Music Company (10 am) and Zucchini Races (2 pm). Sunday afternoon features kids’ games, led by local parents, with classic games like “tug of war” and “three-legged races. And don’t miss the Amazing Magic Show for All Ages with Damian Odess Gillett (starts at 3:30)!
Music Entertainment: Music Tent
FRI. 7:00 Mamma’s Marmalade
7:30 Fall Town String Band (Sq. Dance)
SAT. 10:00 Under The Tree Music Company (Kid’s show)
11:30 Uncles of the Pioneers
1:00 Lonesome Brothers
SUN. 11:30 Shelburne Falls Military Band
1:30 Gaslight Tinkers
Speakers: Speakers’ Tent
Sat. 11:00 Introduction to Vegetable Fermentation: Real Pickles
3:00 The 5 B’s of Pollination: Bats, Bees, Birds, Bugs, Butterflies: Kimberly Noake MacPhee, FRCOG
4:30 Wild Turkey Calling, Hunting & Conservation: Joe Judd
Sun. 1:30 Mushroom Foraging and Farming in the Woods: Paul Lagreze