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Farmfest A Success

Brookfield's First Farmfest at the Gurski Homestead was enjoyed by all those who attended.

Brookfield's First Farmfest was a wonderful success! The Brookfield Conservation Commission arranged the event to make people aware of the Gurski Homestead as well as the other open spaces that the Brookfield Conservation Commission manages.  There were an estimated 800 people that came to the event.   There were antique and modern tractors, trucks and farm equipment, an ironwork display, a demonstration in the forge, a food vendor, pie baking contest, pie slices for sale after the contest, a Master Gardener from UConn answering all gardening questions, Brookfield Conservation Commission and Historical Society displays.  The Brookfield Girl Scouts taught children how to weave on a giant loom and make simple toys.  They also did hopscotch and jump rope displays as well as other classic games.  There were also hayrides around the Gurski Homestead that were enjoyed by everyone as well as a tractor parade.

Thanks to all the volunteers:  All the Conservation Commission members, the Brookfield Girl Scouts, the UConn Master Gardeners, the Brookfield Historical Society, those who baked pies and all those who brought their tractors, machinery and displays to this event.  You all made it a wonderful Brookfield experience!

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Steven DeVaux September 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM
How many working farms exist in Brookfield producing human edible produce?
LFerrara September 26, 2012 at 09:22 PM
This was a great event. Hopefully this Farmfest will get bigger and better. It has the potential to be a wonderful annual tradition for Brookfield. I'm curious, did our town need approval from the state to hold this event? When the dog park was proposed, the state denied it on the grounds that the extra foot traffic might compromise the not yet restored structures. This year there were roughtly 800 people...if the Farmfest grows and the number of people and cars increases, the foot/car traffic on a single day would far exceed a 1-acre dog park for an entire year. Any idea?
Steven DeVaux September 27, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Maybe they'll donate the funds they raise to building a dog park!

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