Harvest Fair welcomes autumn, raises funds for students

Harvest Fair
Vendors at the Ludlow Harvest Fair. Photo by Donald Dill

LUDLOW, Vt. – The 36th annual Harvest Fair was a well-attended and lively event held in Ludlow, Oct. 5, 2019. The weather could not have been better for the event. The sun was bright and the air was crisp as leaves fell onto the Black River High School lawn. Both locals and visitors gathered to celebrate the beginning of autumn. The event featured over 30 local vendors.

The Ludlow Parent Teacher Group organizes the event every year. It is quite a feat, considering the amount of coordination required from a group of hardworking parents.

Rhys B. Chalmers’ music set a folksy and inviting tone to the festivities. In one corner of the lawn, the Black River Independent School set up fun kids’ games and crafts at their informational table where they were also informing parents about the committee’s work on opening a new independent school in Ludlow in 2020.

Harvest Fair
Melissa Perrino, Kristen Garvey, and Courtney McGuire at the Ludlow PTG booth. Photo by Megan Harlow Jenkins

Many local artists and groups had tables featuring class fundraisers and local artwork as well. The donkey drop bingo was the central event of the fair and not only gathered some wonderful donations but allowed for some pretty noteworthy spectating as well.

The Ludlow PTG sold beautifully designed tote bags alongside their baked goods. No one was hungry at this event as delightfully curated treats were available at every corner. Ambrosia Confections, Grandma Larder, Vermont Gourmet Candy, The Jerky Lady, and LES Pies were ready to indulge the taste buds of patrons of the event. Project Grad sold food to help fundraise for the senior class of Black River High School.

Also a feature of the event, the Ludlow Fire Department and Ambulance Services brought in their equipment to let people get an insider’s perspective on the vehicles used to save lives in town.

Courtney McGuire, the Ludlow PTG’s secretary, commented at the end of the event, “We want to thank everyone who came out on Saturday to support the 36th annual Harvest Fair! The beautiful foliage and warm weather certainly made for a perfect day for this event. Our grand prize donkey doo went to the Beardmore family who is generously donating their winnings back to the PTG and sixth grade class. Second prize went to McGuire family and third prize to the Koren family. It’s our largest fundraiser of the year, and we use this year’s funds to help with the winter program and update our playground.”

Through both hard work and creative flair, the parents of Ludlow Elementary School once again put together an amazing Harvest Fair in the spirit of a community that focuses its efforts around supporting the local children.

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