Farm Fest Was Great This Year — But Hot!

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Photo by Lester Smith

Clay Brzezinski, 3, is ready to zoom off on this Polaris ATV.

The persistent heat and humidity didn’t keep the crowds away from Farm Fest this year, when parking attendants counted 850 cars visiting the Labor Day event. The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop offered an excellent festival, with most of the regular booths and activities, plus some new ones. The kids loved it all and adults enjoyed the chance to meet and greet old friends and learn something new. Kathy Mormino, Suffield’s popular Chicken Chick, certainly told us how to raise chickens in our backyards; the yoga demonstration by Fit-Bliss with Allison and the fitness demonstration by Davith Uo were new to this reporter, and it was reassuring to learn that Julie Collier now has a wonderful young apprentice with a true touch for her Birds of Prey. 

Photo by Takashi Fukama

Is this FOFAH’s dancing Mootilda flying behind a windmill propeller?

Photo by John Harris

Willow Farber, assisting in the Birds of Prey program, blows on the horned owl to show his delicate feathers.

Photo by Lester Smith

Happy passengers in the Hastings Farm hay-ride wagon, having completed their circumnavigation of Hilltop Farm, pass the Community Garden on their way back to Farm Fest.

Photo by Takashi Fukama

Samantha Kaplan and this Holstein calf from Hastings Farm are old friends.

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