The Weir River Farm Fall Festival is an outdoor celebration for all
HINGHAM – The weather is starting to cool down and pumpkins are popping up in local shops, which means autumn is almost here. And nothing says fall like an outdoor festival.
The annual Weir River Farm Autumn Festival will feature farm animals, live music and festival games from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday October 1 at 140 Turkey Hill Lane, Hingham.
Reservations Trustees, a non-profit organization, will host the event. The organization’s South Shore director, Anne Smith-White, said the event is a chance for families to spend time together in nature. The festival has existed for about 15 years.
“Everyone loves farms in the fall,” Smith-White said. The Trustees own five farms and more than 100 total properties open to the public throughout the state.
The Mom on the Go Food Truck, Ribpublic BBQ and the Pizza Guy will be offering food, and Hornstra Farms will be offering ice cream. Local beer will be supplied by Stellwagen Beer Co., Vitamin Sea Brewing and Zelus. Peter Mundt, the Crabgrass Bluegrass Band and The Lindseys will play music.
The Weir River Farm store will sell locally grown meat, local cheeses, jams, baked goods, gifts and produce. Festival-goers can make an autumn craft, get a temporary farm tattoo or ride a tractor.
Vendors will sell eco-friendly crafts and Smith-White has ordered 1,000 cider donuts from another local farm to sell. Syndic members will grill hot dogs and sausages made from meat produced on the farm.
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The farm sits on Turkey Hill with a great view, Smith-White said.
“You can see the Boston skyline,” she said. “It’s a beautiful place to hang out, especially when the leaves start to turn. It’s beautiful.”
There will be farm-themed activities, games and animals, including Dixie the pot-bellied pig; Nutmeg and Kiwi ponies; Ruby the llama; the West African dwarf goats Katniss, Willow and Poppy; ; and Suffolk sheep Peggy-Sue and Nibbler.
Smith-White said four of the farm’s belted Galloway beef cows are pregnant and the calves will be born just in time for the festival. The cows are also known as “Oreo cows”.
Smith-White said she expects between 1,200 and 1,500 people to attend.
During COVID, administrators have drastically reduced the number of tickets sold for events and implemented a timed ticketing system that allows people to purchase different time slots. Smith-White said the process will be the same this year.
“We found it worked so well,” she said.
From 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. there will be a reduced capacity of attendees, noise reduction and other amenities for anyone who could benefit from a sensory environment.
Tickets for Trust Members are $9 for adults and $6 for children. Non-member adult tickets are $15 and non-member child tickets are $10. Children under 2 years old enter for free. Admission includes everything except food and drink, and the event will take place rain or shine.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit thetrustees.org/event/79538.
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