Vineyard bounty

Posted September 28, 2006

The Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society is hosting the eighth annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 12 noon to 10 pm at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. Come around 10 am to watch exhibitors at the Antique Power Show start their engines. The day will be filled with plenty of things for the entire family to enjoy. At 5 pm the evening social will begin with music and a Slow Food potluck dinner will follow at 6 pm.

Hop on the hay wagon for a ride. Photo by Susan Safford
Hop on the hay wagon for a ride. The Harvest Festival has plenty of fun activities for the entire family. Photo by Susan Safford

Children can play field games, carve pumpkins, run through the hay bale maze, build a scarecrow, enter a pie-eating contest, or go on a hay ride with the family.

The Fiber Folks will be spinning, knitting, and doing other handcrafts with Island fiber. Bring your knitting questions and get help with a tricky project. Don't know how to knit or crochet? We'll teach you.

The horseshoe pit will be open at 1 pm. Bring your shoes and get in the game. The Martha's Vineyard Horse Council will hold its annual Fall Fuzzy Horse Show. Members of the agricultural community will be on the porch presenting demonstrations of traditional food preparation.

The pie-eating contest was messy fun at last year's Harvest Festival. Photo by Ralph Stewart
The pie-eating contest was messy fun at last year's Harvest Festival. Photo by Ralph Stewart
The Scarecrow Contest will be held at 2 pm. Perhaps your entry will be crowned the King or Queen of the Harvest.

The day will end with a Slow Food potluck dinner. People should bring a dish for six, made with local ingredients, along with the recipe to share. Dancing will follow from 7 to 10 pm with music by the Blue Strangers.

Don't miss this celebration of our bounty.

Harvest Festival, Saturday, Sept. 30, 12 noon to 10 pm, Ag Hall, Panhandle Road, West Tisbury. Free admission and parking. For more information or to help with the festival, call Kathy Lobb at 508-693-3638.