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HARVARD — The Harvard Lions’ 2013 Harvard Fall Festival, to be held Sept. 14-15, will be a weekend of fun for the entire family and folks of all ages!

If you were among the more than 6,000 attendees who enjoyed last year’s event, you’re in for another great treat this year!


* Craft Fair featuring a wide range of beautiful hand-made goods.

* Live music all day Saturday and Sunday for folks of all ages!

* Kids attractions … including giant inflatables, touch-a-truck, arm and leg henna tattoos, face-painting and more!

* State championship BBQ cook-off involving some 50 teams … and the opportunity to sample the best in BBQ!

* Adult/teen challenges including the enhanced “Castle Siege” Catapult plus “log jousting,” ax- and knife-throwing and horseshoes.

* Classic Car Show (Sunday only) … enjoy more than 100 classic and antique automobiles.

* Great Food Festival including great BBQ and char-broiled burgers and hot dogs; regular and sweet potato fries, lobster rolls, chicken wraps and more. PLUS fried dough and refreshing ice cream and slush!

And, yes, once again … Saturday night concert and fireworks! This year featuring the great sound of modern country music by “Radio Nashville” playing from 7-10:30 p.m.; our always spectacular fireworks during concert intermission at 8:30 p.m.; and the warmth and glow of our amazing bonfire.

Hours and Admission

Daytime Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $5 per person (all ages).

Saturday night concert/fireworks: 5-10:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 toddlers-teens.

Special Saturday Offer! Purchase evening concert admission when arriving during the day on Saturday (before 3 p.m.) and we waive the daytime fee — save $5/person.



150 Ayer Road in Harvard — just off Route 2 at Route 110/111 (Exit 38A).

More details on this year’s festival

* Craft Fair with something for everyone! Jewelry… leather goods… hand-knit vests and hats… Alpaca products… wood carvings… unique needle arts… glass and pottery… soaps and bath products… pet products… and more!

* Adult and teen challenges! Opportunities to have fun, test your skill and challenge your friends and family in log-jousting, ax and knife-throwing, horseshoes and the enhanced castle siege in which you will launch a 5-pound bag of lime 120 feet from a 16-foot high catapult (when fully extended) towards a castle wall and its “occupants” …while enjoying great sound effects. Participants have the opportunity to win free plays and can also have their photo taken with the “princess!”

* ‘Kids Attractions’! Lots of fun inflatables to slide, climb and bounce on including a moon walk, obstacle course, sports bubble, circus pop-up challenge, toddler bouncer and mini slide. Touch-a-truck area includes army vehicles, police cruiser, ambulance, fire trucks, dump truck and more. Henna tattoos and face-painting available from vendors for a fee.

* Championship BBQ cook-off and opportunity to sample the best in BBQ! Once again this year’s event is sanctioned as the official state championship with more than 50 teams competing. See first-hand how the experts BBQ and take away tips you can use at home. Best of all you have the opportunity (for a small fee) to sample and judge great BBQ at our People’s Choice event — Saturday and Sunday at noon.

* Free Live Music during the day on Saturday and Sunday! Enjoy the diverse sounds of these talented local bands as you experience this year’s festival —

Saturday, Sept. 15

10-11:15 a.m.: Smokin’ Pigeons

11:30-12:45 p.m.; Kenny Selcer Band

1-2:15 p.m.: Black Tea Project

2:30-4 p.m.: Revolutionary Road

Sunday, Sept. 16

10-11:15 a.m.: Back to the Garden

11:30-12:45 p.m.: Summertime Jazz Trio

1-2:15 p.m.: The Ryan Taylor Band

2:30-4 p.m.: TBD

ALSO SATURDAY, tethered hot air balloon rides from 5-7 p.m. and pony rides and a petting zoo!

Use of Festival Proceeds

All who work at the Harvard Fall Festival are volunteers. All net proceeds from this event are used to benefit Lions charities and the local community. While a primary mission of Lions around the world is to support research and services for the blind and visually impaired, Lions also support many other charitable causes as well as give back to their community to support local programs and organizations. Proceeds from past festivals have been used to help fund:

* Research to find cures for blindness/impaired vision

* Services to help the blind, disabled and terminally ill

* Vision and hearing aids for local families

* Assistance dogs for the disabled , including kids and combat veterans

* Clara Barton Center for youngsters with Type 1 diabetes

* Purchase of Special Ed equipment for Harvard schools

* Student sight and hearing screenings (Lions Sight Mobile)

* Assistance to local families in need including the elderly

* Support of Harvard firefighters and ambulance squad

* Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

* Local student projects and youth development programs

* Community service scholarships to Bromfield seniors

* And much more!

On behalf of all who are aided by this event, the Harvard Lions are grateful for the support of sponsors, equipment and service providers and the many families that attend. We are especially grateful to the Hazel family for generously donating the use of their land to make this event possible.

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