Step off the 21st-century treadmill and celebrate the simple life at Coggeshall Farm Museum’s 42nd Annual Harvest Fair on Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 20 from 9 am to 4 pm. The festival takes place on the 48-acre living history farm located at 1 Colt Drive in Bristol.
Harvest Fair engages visitors of all ages in friendly competitions, games, lively music and dance, hay rides, pony rides and much more against the backdrop of a working 18th-century living history farm.
This year’s event features performances by some of the region’s most beloved performers for children and families, including two-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Bill Harley on Sept. 19 and nationally renowned multicultural storyteller Norah Dooley on Sept. 20. Contra dancing lessons with live music and a professional caller will be held on Sept. 19, and visitors will see authentic Morris dancing by the Ladies of the Rolling Pin on Sept. 20.
The daily program also includes an apple pie contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, and “A Gentleman’s Disagreement,” performed by two of Coggeshall’s historic interpreters.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.coggeshallfarm.org or directly from Coggeshall Farm Museum. One-day tickets are $7 for children (under 12), seniors (62-plus) and active-duty military; adults are $10. Children 3 and under are free. Two-day tickets are $12 for children, seniors and military, and $15 for adults. For information on discounted tickets for Coggeshall members, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-253-9062.
You can try your hand at more than a dozen 18th-century games, like Jacob’s Ladder, graces or hoop-and-stick. Discover one-of-a-kind handcrafted items from local toymakers and artisans, visit heirloom sheep and cattle on a hayride through the pasture, and put your own artistic skills to work at the craft tables. Family-friendly food will be provided by a variety of local food vendors, along with jonnycakes on the grill.
Harvest Fair will feature the first-ever Arts on the Farm Exhibit, displaying works of art that were inspired by or created at Coggeshall. You can also find bargains and heirloom-quality surprises at Coggeshall’s Trash and Treasures Sale.
All proceeds benefit Coggeshall Farm Museum, a nonprofit living history museum founded in 1973 to preserve the 1790s salt marsh farm and serve as an educational resource to the community and beyond.
A full schedule can be viewed here.