HOLDEN, Mass. — The Red Barn’s annual old-time farm day will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the historic Red Barn. The Red Barn Harvest Day is held by the Friends of the Red Barn, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the historic Red Barn, once part of the Fairbanks Farm and the seven acres of open space that surround it. From traditional activities such as pumpkin-rolling, storytelling and arts and crafts to the annual scarecrow contest, each year the event gives residents the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day on the scenic grounds and engage with history by trying out some of the traditional farming techniques. Antique tool expert Ken Ethier will be on hand to demonstrate a variety of antique farm implements, Holden antique automobile collector Dave Willens will talk about his 1930 Ford Model A Pickup Truck and 1925 Dodge Brothers Touring Car, and 4-H Club members will bring along “Peep,” the young pet chicken and a variety of other farm animals.
For those wondering about if that odd item in their attic might be valuable, the event will also feature an antiques appraisal this year. For a $3 fee, antiques experts Ron Goodrich and Ted Peterson will appraise as many as three items, with proceeds going to benefit the Friends of the Red Barn. Locally produced heritage apples and cider, as well as home-baked pies and cakes and apple crisp, will appeal to everyone’s sweet tooth and further benefit The Friends of the Red Barn. Holden Agricultural Commission will display locally grown, seasonal vegetables, soups and honey for sale. Additionally, families can try pizzas hot off the wood-fired brick oven and hear live music by Patrick McCarthy and Friends from inside the Red Barn. The Red Barn is on Shrewsbury Street, Holden, near Alden Lab (Check www.redbarnholden.org
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