HAVERHILL — For generations, Haverhill was a community of farms.
They dotted the city’s 34-square-mile landscape, but many have closed in recent years.
Still, Haverhill’s farming spirit and legacy are very much alive, and will take the spotlight this weekend.
You can learn about New England farm life and its cultural and historical influence on Haverhill when the Trustees of Tattersall Farm and the Haverhill Rotary Club present Tattersall Farm Day. The event will be Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The farm is at 542 North Broadway. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 29.
The farm was left to the city by the Tattersall family to be preserved.
Tattersall Farm Day is a cultural and educational event for people of all ages that will feature more than 70 vendors and exhibitors. New to the event this year is a scarecrow contest sponsored by the Haverhill Garden Club. The contest is open to individuals, families, teams, schools, churches, clubs, businesses and other organizations. It is sure to be a colorful feast for the eyes, organizers said.
Exhibitors, demonstrations and vendors will include beekeeping, wine-making, animal and farming displays, hand-crafted items such as jewelry, quilts, wooden bowls, knitted goods and doll clothes. There will be pony rides, face painting, hay rides, antique tractors, a blacksmith demonstration, theatrical presentation and a martial arts demonstration. Meteorologist Matt Noyes will answer weather-related questions, along with members of the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory.
Live entertainment is by the White Street Band. The Haverhill Rotary Club will sell hamburgers and hot dogs. Haverhill Brewery will sell a variety of micro-brewed beers. Local farms and businesses will sell apples, pumpkins, maple syrup, honey, ice-cream, herbal teas, baked goods, candles, ornaments, soaps and other items.
The scarecrow contest will have three categories: School, family and business. All scarecrows must be checked in between 9 and 11 a.m. at the Haverhill Garden Club booth. Participants must bring their entry forms, which can be downloaded at www.tattersallfarm.org. The bottom of the page provides a link to the contest entry form and rules.
The Garden Club reserves the right to not accept any scarecrow into the contest that is deemed inappropriate. Designs should be non-partisan/non-political, secular, and appropriate for all ages to see.
Scarecrows must be designed in a standing position. Scarecrow frames must be no larger than six feet tall and four feet wide. They must be sturdily built to withstand the weather.
Admission to Tattersall Farm Day is $5 per adult. Children 16 and under are free. There are additional charges for pony rides and hay rides. Proceeds will assist in the rebuilding of the barn. For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan at 978-374-2390, ext. 11, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit online at www.tattersallfarm.org.