Showcasing the work of more than 70 local crafters, the 37th Apple Country Fair will be held on the, Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Fair also will feature live music, children’s games, baked goods, raffles and an apple pie contest — all to benefit the Brookfield Community Club, a charitable organization that makes grants to enrich community life.
Fairgoers can browse and buy hand-knit sweaters and blankets, carved wooden bowls and décor, beaded jewelry, specialty soaps and lotions, hand-crafted toys, locally-produced honey and more.
Children will enjoy games and prizes, face-painting, sand art and a moon bounce. The Knights of Columbus of West Brookfield will offer concessions throughout the day. The bake table will tempt with homemade fudge, candied apples, applesauce, cookies, brownies and, of course, pie.
A raffle will offer chances to win prizes including the community-stitched quilt, family passes to local museums and attractions, and gift certificates to local restaurants and stores. Tickets will be available at the Fair and through the summer at the Merrick Public Library and from Community Club members. Entries for the apple pie contest will be accepted at the Fire Barn next to the Town Hall until 10:00 a.m. the day of the Fair. Judging categories are for children under 12, ages 13-19, and adults ages 20 and older.
Volunteers are always needed to bake and help with the raffle and children’s games. To volunteer, please call 508-867-9553 or sign up at the Merrick Public Library.
The Brookfield Community Club has been organizing the Apple Country Fair since 1979. The money raised at the Apple Country Fair has helped pay transportation costs for the Brookfield Elementary School's sixth grade class to attend a environmental program at Camp Bournedale on Cape Cod and generated grant money for a number of community service projects, from the town's monthly newsletter, the Brookfield Citizen, to holiday programs for Brookfield seniors.
The fair is held outside on The Common rain or shine.