Sunshine, happy children, docile animals, chugging engines, and great food combined to make Saturday's annual Harvest Festival and the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society Fairgrounds in West Tisbury one of the best ever. Youngsters climbed and tumbled through a hay maze, petted the goats, and carved funny faces on countless pumpkins while grown-ups watched fiber artists at work, learned about oxen, and chatted with friends. Everyone admired the old-time engines and enjoyed the Martha's Vineyard Horse Council show.
Lunch featured hamburgers from the Farm Institute's cows, corn, soup, and cider from Morning Glory Farm, and authentic Mexican food too. After a day outdoors, festival goers flocked to the Slow Food potluck dinner in the Ag Hall, feasting on an array of home-cooked, and much of it home-grown, food before dancing the night away to music by the Blue Strangers.