GRANVILLE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - The Granville Harvest Fair is a great place to see vendors, participate in raffles, sample food, and see some pretty incredible quilts.
Linda Blakesley, organizer of the Fair; Kathy Martin, the Granville Town Administrator; and, Joyce Bannish of the Granville Harvest Fair, tell us about the fair and what we can expect.
It was an outgrowth of many to raise money for the Ole Meeting House. We had this huge quilt fair back in 1981. Every year, for the last 29 years, we have had this fair on Columbus day weekend. It is a major fundraiser for the Ole Meeting House, which is a historical building in town. But, it is also a major fundraiser for the Police Department, Fire Department, and our school.
We will be raffling off a quilt. There is a quilters guild every year that they start work on the quilt right after the harvest fair is over with. They meet on a weekly basis and they do a quilt which is raffled off. That is a major fundraiser.
Its actually a major fundraiser for 9 organizations and it stretches over a mile of Granville, all kinds of venues get involved in the fair -- library, meeting house, etc.
It starts when you come into Granville. If you come from Southwick, it starts at the school. We have shuttle buses that go from there to the green, the library, the church and then, from there, it goes up to the Ole Meeting House. It turns around and they just keep going back and forth. It is a mile and there are all kinds of tag sales that go on. It's a big part of Granville's weekend.
We have fresh apple pies at Ole Meeting House with Granville cheese on them, which is a special treat.
The Ole Meeting House is also where the quilt frame is. The Ole Meeting House was built in 1802. All of the quilts are draped over the banisters there. When you walk in and you look up, you can see all of the quilts just hanging down. It is quite a sight. Very colorful.
The Ole Meeting House will have tractors. This is the third year we'll have them. The oldest tracker, I think, is 1926 and that is a Fordzon tracker. It has iron wheels and from there, we'll probably have like 10-12 different tractors. Different people in town drive their tractors up, so kids can sit on them and get their pictures taken. It is a fun thing.
There is an antique car on the green. The Lions Club sponsors an antique car show on Saturday. People in town bring antique tractors in, ride the tractors and cars. We also have a juggler in town, too.
The Police Department is raffling off a car. They have 2010 Ford Focus and they are selling a limited number of tickets. They are $20 apiece. You have a really good chance of winning a brand new car.
Maple Corner Farm is Leon Ripplely's place, and he is the town Assessor. We are a small town. We all wear a lot of hats. He has cross-country skiing there in the wintertime. Breakfast there. He boils the sap. He sets up a place on the town library lawn and sells maple candy, maple syrup and homemade maple jam.
We have to mention the ice cream. I don't know if you know Granville scoop, they have ice cream there. They set up a stand. Right on the green. You can get homemade ice cream.
When you start to leave the fair, you can go down Route 189 and they have a petting zoo there. You can pet the llamas and the chickens and the goats and if you want to.
The fair will be held Columbus Day weekend. The hours will be:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9
10 am - 5 pm
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10
12 Pm - 5 pm
MONDAY, OCTOBER 11
10 am - 5 pm
For more information, visit their website at: TownofGranville.net