50th annual Greenfield Harvest Fair brings crafts, food, games to town common, followed by Oktoberfest.

  • The 1974 Harvest Fair, courtesy of the Greenfield Historical Society, which sponsored this year’s event. The Greenfield Harvest Fair celebrates its 50th anniversary on October 5. Courtesy photo—

  • The 1976 Harvest Fair, courtesy of the Greenfield Historical Society, which sponsored this year’s event. The Greenfield Harvest Fair celebrates its 50th anniversary on October 5. Courtesy photo—

  • Wally Burgers, a long-enduring favorite and invention of Greenfield's Waldo Stone, return to the fair this year. The Greenfield Harvest Fair celebrates its 50th anniversary on October 5. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/30/2019 3:00:45 PM

The Greenfield Harvest Fair will celebrate its 50th year with a craft fair, food, and activities on the town common in Greenfield center on Saturday. 

A cider press, apple pie bake-off and old-fashioned games for children are a few highlights of this traditional small-town New England fair. 

“We're lucky to have this nurturing and artistic environment” in the Greenfield area, said organizer Katherine Heck. As of Sept. 25, she’d already registered 27 crafters and vendors for the fair. Wares include a variety of textile crafts and apparel, hand-painted barrel staves depicting local village scenes, and Greenfield’s own Pamomile soaps.

“First and foremost, it's a community day for Greenfield,” Heck said. She described the event as a time for visitors to enjoy the town common, foliage, local arts and crafts, and to “see all your friends and neighbors before it gets too cold.”

The event is a fundraiser for the Greenfield Historical Society, which now sponsors the event after years in the hands of the now-defunct Woman’s Club, and more recently, the Greenfield Elementary School PTO. Heck first organized the Harvest Fair 13 years ago with the Woman's Club, and has only taken a couple years off in the interim. She said the fair is a tradition she personally doesn't want to see disappear.

Lunch offerings will include Wally Burgers, a longtime town favorite, for the first time in more than fifteen years. Carele Mayer described the open-faced sandwich as an invention of her father, Waldo Stone. She said the improvised treat was a smash hit among her family, and her father began serving them for colleagues and at town events. She’ll be making the sandwiches with help from her grandson and former postmaster Patti Gibbons in the meetinghouse kitchen, and said she might even sell their elusive recipe at the event.  Proceeds will go to the Friends of the Greenfield Community Meetinghouse.

Admission is free to the public and the fair runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and apple pie entries, including recipes, must be submitted by 11 a.m. for judging and public sampling.

The Historical Society encourages visitors to return to the common from 5-8 p.m. for Greenfield’s first Oktoberfest, featuring grilled bratwurst and other specialty dishes and desserts, beer from Post & Beam Brewing, complimentary stainless steel beer steins, and live music from the Folk Soul Duo. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Greenfield Community Meetinghouse, which formed to address the meetinghouse’s upcoming maintenance needs. Admission is $10 for two beer refills and dinner, or $25 per family with children.




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