PHILLIPSTON -- Johnny Appleseed Country will usher in the harvest season with an Appleseed Country Fair on the weekend of Sept. 7-8 at Red Apple Farm at 455 Highland Ave.

The fair will feature live music, food, beer, wine, fresh fruits and vegetables and handcrafted goods produced in Johnny Appleseed Country, which includes numerous communities from Ayer to Athol.

"The families who attended last year's Appleseed Country Fair really enjoyed the event," said Diane Burnette, director of the Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center. "The feedback was nearly universal; they enjoyed attending old-fashioned country fun." The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 8.

Local orchards and growers are invited to set up booths and join in the fun. There will be a lawn tractor-pull competition, zucchini weigh-off and a performance by the Chair City Cloggers. The Blue Hill Express Band will be performing on Saturday from 4-7 p.m.

New to the fair this year, three sky divers will be parachuting into the heart of the fair on Saturday around 2 p.m.

Visitors will also be able to see the workings of Red Apple Farm, which has launched several "green" initiatives in recent years, including a windmill and an expansive solar array on its new country barn. The farm, operated by the Rose family for four generations, has family-friendly animals and walking trails for visitors to enjoy.


Growers and crafters interested in joining the Country Fair fun can contact Burnette at 978-534-2829.

The Appleseed Country Fair is cosponsored by Red Apple Farm, Gardner Ale House, Johnny Appleseed Trail of North Central Massachusetts and Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.