Glastonbury Historical Society's Farm Festival set for Sept. 15

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Sep. 6, 2013
Kids flock to the apple-bobbing at a past Farm Festival. Photos courtesy of Historical Society of Glastonbury. - Contributed Photo

The Farm Festival at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House is slated for Sept. 15, and a large crowd is expected. Historical Society of Glastonbury Director Jim Bennett said the annual event began in 2000 with the dedication of the Eastbury Barn, which was moved to the Welles-Shipman-Ward House that year.

This year's event will also include the dedication of the recently-completed tobacco shed, also on the Welles-Shipman-Ward property. “It's in the process of being converted into a museum and education center, but that will take a while, because most of the work is being done by volunteers,” Bennett said. “We'll be erecting a plaque and thanking the people who have contributed to it.”

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and Connecticut Restoration Fund, Bennett said, were the largest donors, and there were about 20 in-kind donors for the project, which cost about $325,000.

The festival's attractions include games and demonstrations of colonial work, such as blacksmithing and the making of clothing. The games are run by volunteers, including the GHS Key Club, while the demonstrations are run by professionals, including some from Old Sturbridge Village.

One demonstration this year will include “Age of Sail,” which teaches sailing, but also includes model ships.

Bennett said the games are popular, including the bean bag toss and the sack races, as well as other classics. “The kids like the apple-bobbing,” he said.

In the past, crowds have ranged from 500 to 2,000, a number that depends largely on the weather.

The festival also received a grant from the Glastonbury PTSO, and will have more games and demonstrations this year.

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