Hayrides, raffle, cider highlight town festival

FRANCESTOWN — The Annual Fall Festival scheduled for Saturday will feature the return of the popular pre-ordered apple pies and fresh-pressed apple cider.

The festival begins at 10 a.m. with events including bake sales, hayrides about town, a community rummage and yard sale, crafters, children’s activities, vendors and a raffle, all of which can be found at the Town Hall Common and horse sheds until 2 p.m. Fresh cider sales will also be available on the common, made from apples donated by Lull Farm in Hollis. There will be an apple cider press on hand to offer fresh cider at the festival until 2 p.m., when the antique’s auction begins at the Francestown Improvement and Historical Society Lodge on Main Street.

Pre-ordered apple pies, frozen and ready to cook, are back by popular demand. Those interested can contact the Community Church of Francestown, which is hosting the festival, at 547-2013. Pies are $15 or two pies for $25. Frozen apple pies will be available for sale at the festival as well.

According to Teresa Tranchemontagne of the Community Church’s Outreach Committee, there are over 28 raffle prizes, including a cord of green hardwood, a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 2, a free chimney inspection, a Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride day pass, a portable charcoal grill kit and much more. Raffle tickets are $2 and will be on sale until raffle winners are announced at the harvest dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tranchemontagne said raffle participants do not need to be present at the supper to win a prize.

Tranchemontagne said there will be several activities for the children at the festival, including face painting, a kid’s craft table, tractor-pull hayrides and petting animals.

The church will also host a lunch offering two choices of homemade soup, complete with cheese and fresh bread. Tranchemontagne added that the church will also have hot and cold cider, tea and coffee at the lunch.

To conclude the fall celebrations, the church will host a harvest supper with a French flare at 6:30 p.m. at the church on Main Street. Supper tickets are available at the festival, the Francestown Store, at the door and in advance by calling the church . Tickets are $15 per person or $12 for seniors. Tranchemontagne said in an interview Wednesday that the festival is the church’s largest fundraiser of the year, with all the proceeds — except those raised by private vendors — to benefit the church and its functions. She noted that some private vendors are raising money for other organizations, like the American Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or

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