Westhampton Fall Festival: Home of the Great Pumpkin Roll!
Westhampton Fall Festival
Sunday, October 20th, 2013
Despite the warmer-than-usual weather this autumn, fall is in full swing here in western Massachusetts! Celebrate the season at the annual Westhampton Fall Festival, held on Sunday, October 20th, 2013. Fun activities, delicious food, New England traditions, and educational opportunities abound at the festival, which takes place in the center of Westhampton, MA, from 10:15am-7pm…
The day begins with an interfaith service, held at the Westhampton Congregational Church at 10:15am. Along with providing an opportunity for worship for families, the service serves as an opportunity to learn more about the practices of members of other religions. Following the service, families can participate in a 5k walk or run through the hills of Westhampton. The event ends with a mad dash up the steep hill in the center of town, so make sure you’re in prepared before embarking on the run!
In addition to the road race and interfaith service, fun activities and learning opportunities will take place from 12noon until 7pm. Throughout the day, families can celebrate and learn in a variety of ways. There will be farm animals to visit, cider pressing to watch (and taste!), a hay bale maze to navigate, scarecrow building to help with, a giant pumpkin contest to enter (if you dare!), and delicious foods to enjoy, like pies and cider donuts. Along with these seasonal activities are valuable opportunities for fun and meaningful learning.
Students can observe the laws of physics in action by visiting a giant squash-hurling trebuchet, a throwing machine from the Middle Ages which relies on a system of counterweights in order to toss objects. Later in the day, families can participate in the Great Pumpkin Roll, which involves rolling a great many pumpkins down a very steep hill. Families can participate in the event – which will be held at 4:15pm – by purchasing pumpkins for $1 each. Will your pumpkin roll furthest? Think about physics while choosing!
Families can also learn about Native American culture and American history at the event. Members of the Massachusetts 10th Civil War Reenactors will set up a miniature Civil War-era military encampment and will teach visitors about a soldier’s life during the war. Students with a bit of background on the war can learn to better understand the time period by learning about how the war affected the lives of individuals. The culture and traditions of the Narragansett Native American tribe will be demonstrated by Jennifer Lee of Charlemont, MA, who will set up a bark wigwam and will share other parts of the tribe’s history and culture.
Westhampton’s town center and the library field at which some events will be held is on Stage Road. Admission to the event and parking are both free, and the festival will be held regardless of weather – dress accordingly! Other opportunities include a visit to the Blacksmith Shop Museum, live music, woodsman demo, scarecrow making, cow pie bingo, community supper, bonfire and sing-a-long!
Here’s a video from a Festival from a few years ago: