GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – It takes a lot of people to make the annual three-day festival happen with more than 450 volunteers from across the valley lending a helping hand.

The Green River Festival is being held this weekend at Greenfield Community College. 

The Green River Festival, which began 33 years ago as two separate events is now joined into one with music, food, activities and hot air balloons. 

The popular three-day event is one of the hottest event of the summer in Franklin County. And it takes an entire year to plan.

“One thing about doing something for 33 years you have a lot of trial and error and you learn to get it down, and I think it’s part of the popularity is that it’s a really well-run, really family-friendly event,” said Green River Director Jim Olsen.

Olsen told 22News, they’re expecting to have about 14,000 people, traveling from around the world to attend the three-day festival.

“This year we also sold tickets in Australia and Great Britain, and Canada and even some in Latin America,” he added.

The festival has grown “enormously” since its inception in 1986 with dozens of musicians coming out to perform alongside local vendors, patrons and artists alike.

“People want to play Green River, and so when we reach out to different folks a lot of them come back with overwhelming, like, ‘Yes, we’ll be there!'” said Abby Duquette, Green River’s operations manager and volunteer coordinator.

Tickets are purchased as early as Thanksgiving — before the lineup is even announced — which Duquette said speaks volumes to the excitement of coming out to Green River, year-after-year.


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