The annual Boxford Apple Festival was once a small town secret. Today, some 30 years after its inception, the quintessential New England event boasts attendance in the thousands. For the occasion all of East Boxford Village is closed to traffic. Elm Street is lined with approximately 150 street vendors including artisans of handcrafted goods and local culinary favorites. The epicenter of activity is the 1760 Holyoke-French House, which opens to the public during the festival and features a blacksmithing demonstration as well as cider pressing on an authentic 19th-century cider press. Admission is free and proceeds from sales of goods go to support the Boxford Historical Society, most of whose budget goes to the maintenance of the Holyoke-French House. This article can be read in full with a Plus Edition account.

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