Windham County festivals offer fun in the fall

This article by Chris Mays originally appeared Oct. 7 in the Brattleboro Reformer.

An autumn tradition continued Sunday: Cameras captured leaves changing colors as purses and wallets came out for art, crafts and pies.

“It’s a fun thing the town puts on,” Glenn Jurgen, of Wallingford, Conn., said of the Dummerston Apple Pie Festival.

Jurgen and his wife Melissa, who own a second home in town, attended the event for their 10th time. Melissa said the pie tasted good.

Dummerston Congregational Church’s biggest fundraiser of the year brings out hundreds of motorcyclists.

“You just hear them roar,” said Bess Richardson, volunteer at the festival and member of the congregation. “Lots of them make it a destination. But with this weather, who knows?”

Richardson and a group of about 85 volunteers made 1,281 pies over the course of nine days to sell Sunday in front of the church. Organizers said 450 pounds of sugar, 100 bushels of Cortland apples, 5 pounds of nutmeg, 9 pounds of cinnamon, 950 pounds of flour and 400 pounds of shortening were used to make them. The church’s youth group made about 14 gallons of ice cream. Also sold were blocks of cheese and gallons of cider. Smaller quantities of food and drink were available under a tent.

Richardson estimates the festival has been going on for at least 49 years. She has been involved for 44 years.

Read full article at the Brattleboro Reformer.

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Dan Parsons

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