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It’s Harvard Lions Fall Festival time — all weekend long!

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HARVARD — Each year, Harvard Lions try to outdo their prior year’s achievements with the monstrous effort called the Fall Festival. And, it appears they’ve done it again.

This year the event grows to include a Battle of the Bands tonight, when the gates open at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person of any age.

Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the traditional Arts Festival returns, where regional artisans and craftsmen set up tents and sell their wares. Admission is also $5 per person.

Simultaneously at the Kids Carnival, there’ll be fire engine rides, challenge games for kids of all ages and inflatables. And bring an appetite as the State Championship BBQ cook-off returns, now expanded to 40 teams and new this year is the opportunity to sample the wares. Live bands play all day long Saturday and Sunday, as you wander the craft booths.

But when the sun sets, taking the main stage, U2 tribute act Joshua Tree Band returns to the festival, along with country rock group Crisis.

Fireworks light up the sky Saturday night, another festival tradition. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with a 6 p.m. concert start time and fireworks thereafter, closing out the evening at about 10 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult, and $5 per child 12 and under.

Head out to the Hazel Farm, located at 150 Ayer Road in Harvard, at the corner of Exit 38A off Route 2 and Ayer Road (Route 110/111). The Harvard Lions Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those in need. All proceeds from this event go to benefit the many charities they support.

More information and pictures are available at www.harvardfallfestival.com.