By Henry Higgins
The summer months are upon us here in Western Massachusetts, and with the warm weather comes exciting festivals and events for all ages. Events can be found all over the Valley, ranging from concerts, historic festivals and fairs that have been around since ships were made of wood. Events such as these draw crowds from all of New England, and it's no wonder. Who wouldn't want to eat good food, drink craft beer, listen to great music, and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of the happy valley? We do summer right here. No glitz or glam, just good times with good people. Now, let me get into the actual events.
The biggest and most recognizable event of the Pioneer Valley is the Green River Festival. This event boasts some serious artists: Lucinda Williams, Suitcase Junket, and Angelique Kidjo just to name a few. The festival is hosted at Greenfield Community College from July 13-15. Tickets are $129.99 for the Weekend, $34.99 for Friday evening, $69.99 for Saturday, and $64.99 for Sunday.
Another festival that draws a hefty crowd is the Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival in Florence. The festival turns 25 years old this year, and continues to sport Highland dancers, Celtic Music, and plenty of kilts! The festival is on July 21st and admission prices range from $5-$16, and kids under 6 get in for free.
A fair that will also remind you of days gone by is the Three County Fair in Northampton. Also known as the Tri-County fair, this event is the oldest agricultural fair in the country, beginning in 1818. The fair has run continuously for 200 years, and continues to grow every year. The fair features the classics such as fair food and rides, but with its agriculture focus it also has restored tractors, and of course farm animals for the kids. At night, the fair turns its attention to the Demolition Derby, two hours of non-stop entertainment. The fair runs from August 30th-September 2nd. Admission price is $12 for those over the age of 12, and those under the age of 12 and above 65 get in free.
Instead of melting away this summer, get out and enjoy what the Valley has to offer! Be sure to keep up with our blog during the summer, as we will be mentioning other events as they approach!