Summerfest is taking place at Nashoba Valley Ski Area on Saturday and Sunday with thousands expected to attend. But that isn’t the only festival taking place on a busy August weekend in Westford.
The Westford 4-H Fairgounds will host the Middlesex County 4-H Fair Friday through Sunday as exhibitors from across the county show off their best work in a wide variety of categories.
During the three-day event, 4-H members as young as six years old and ranging through 19 years old will present exhibits featuring animals like lambs, goats amd horses. Other talents such as crafts and sewing will also be showcased and judged.
In addition to the judged exhibits, there will also be family events such as pony rides, hayrides, face painting, a watermelon eating contest, and more. There is also a three-day horse show, a chicken barbeque and livestock demonstrations.
For a full schedule of events, you can visit the Middlesex County 4-H Fair website.
“Our goal is to make sure the kids have a great weekend exhibiting all of their entries, whether it be a plant they’ve grown or a horse they ride,” said Beth Dubrawski, the president and business manager for the fair. “So the best part is to see all of these kids come to the fair, have fun, and be excited at the prospect of showing off their entries and winning prizes. That’s what the fair is all about.”
Dubrawksi said that in general, 4-H is a great way for young residents to learn valuable lessons that will pay off for them down the road.
Among the key lessons each member learns is how to successful communicate as the club requires members to stand in front of peers and judges to do presentations on a regular basis.
“The kids who have gone through the club will tell you that they’ve learned a lot about dealing with people, dealing with adults, and being judged on how they do things,” said Dubrawski. “There are a lot of great life lessons that they learn.”