Asparagus Flower Heritage Festival - Expired Event
|Location||West Brookfield Town Common
West Brookfield, MA 01585
|Description:||The Tenth Annual Asparagus & Flower Heritage Festival will take place on the West Brookfield Common on Saturday, May 19,2012 from 10AM-4PM. This unique celebration originally focused on âAsparagusâ as the spirit of spring but seven years ago âFlowers & Heritageâ were added. The event is, once again, sponsored by the Quaboag Historical Society and the West Brookfield Historical Commission.|
Why Asparagus?? In 1790 Deiderick Leertouwer, a Dutch Consul, was sent to the new state of Massachusetts and New England to promote trade. He settled in West Brookfield, which at the time was vying to be the county seat of Worcester. Legend has it that he missed his beloved asparagus and had roots sent to this country which he planted near Foster Hill in town. Asparagus patches appear each spring and several people claim to have the original patch!
This year\'s Festival is free to the public. Over 100 local growers, artisans, businesses and organizations are expected. Live music is provided by Dick Chase. A Maypole Dance takes place at 1:00pm followed by a Frog Jumping Contest at 1:30pm. Kids, bring your biggest frog! Free kids activities take place all day.. âEd the Wizardâ, a stolling magician, will return again this year and expect to see a lifesize âAsparagus Stalkâ. Enjoy lunch in âAsparagus Alleyâ where a variety of asparagus dishes will be available in addition to other lunch selections.
Come! Meet local plant growers! Sit on a hay bale and enjoy the music! Have lunch with a touch of asparagus. And donât forget to say hello to Deiderick Leertouwer, heâll be strolling the Common.
|Activities||Frog Jumping Hat Making Ed the Wizard|
|$35 10x10 $75 food vendors|
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|Maps and Directions (from Google Maps)|
|Junction of Route 9 and Route 67|
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