Get the Kids Baking and Sewing for the Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair

Call for Pie Bakers and Quilters to Compete at the
12th Annual Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair

Young bakers can use some of the regions local bounty of peaches, apricots, raspberries, apples or pears to bake a pie while having fun and learning about Shaker history and the culinary arts!

Warm up your rolling pins and get stitchin’! Hancock Shaker Village seeks entrants to the pie contest and juried quilt exhibition at the 12th annual Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair on September 26th & 27th in Pittsfield, MA.


The pie contest will include both professional and amateur categories (get the kids baking!), with judging held on Saturday afternoon, September 26th. Registration deadline is Sept. 18th. This year’s all-star pie judge team includes:

  • New Yorker writer, Susan Orlean
  • Berkshire Eagle executive editor, Tim Farkas
  • Berkshire Living senior editor, Lesley Ann Beck
  • co-editor, Marilyn Bethany


The juried quilt exhibition titled “A Harvest of Quilts” will feature approximately 30 antique and newly-made quilts. The exhibit will be on display in the Round Stone Barn during the Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair on September 26 and 27. Quilt ribbons will be awarded on Sunday, September 27 at 4:30pm. Quilts must not have been previously exhibited at the Village and can be either the entrant’s own handiwork or antique quilts that they have inherited or collected. Examples with fine quilting or interesting stories are particularly desired. Quilts of all sizes – wall hanging to bed size – done by quilters of all ages are welcome.


In addition to the pie contest and quilts exhibition, the 12th annual Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair will feature a kid’s tent filled with

  • Shaker-inspired games
  • farmers’ market with samples of heirloom vegetables to tast
  • vendors and demonstrations of old-time farm-related crafts and trades
  • wagon rides
  • and more!

This event is free with regular admission.  For contest rules and to download registration forms, see the Programs & Events section of or call 413.443.0188.

About Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village is one of the most visited cultural venues in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Visited by nearly 70,000 people annually, the Village brings the Shaker story to life, and preserves it for future generations. It is a center for reflection on the values of principled living that the Shakers embraced – equality, community, sustainability, and responsible land stewardship – that still resonate today.

(Photo credit: Amelie)

3 Comments on “Get the Kids Baking and Sewing for the Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair

  1. Saturday October 17th, 2009 | 6 PM

    Fall Celebration Pie Contest

    Calling all pie bakers, young and old! Create your favorite pie to be entered into our contest and then happily consumed! First and Second Place prizes in three categories: Fruit, Cream or Nut, and Youth. Also, a Peoples’ Choice Award! Pie Drop off between 4:00 and 5:30. Judges taste and deliberate 6:00

    People eat pie and submit people’s choice award 7:00 – 8:00.

    Winners announced 8:15

    Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation
    Sheep Hill
    671 Cold Spring Road
    Williamstown, MA 01267

    For more information, visit our website at or call 413-458-2494.

  2. Right?!!! Isn’t it a great opportunity?! We just might bake an apple pie with a gluten-free crust to submit. Wish you lived closer Kelli Ann so we could bake together!

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