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Stillman Dairy Farm Hosting Fair Saturday

September 7, 2018

Families enjoy a tractor ride during the Stillman Farm Country Fair in Lunenburg in 2016. The annual fair is being held again this Saturday. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE FILE PHOTO Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

By Mina Corpuz

mcorpuz@sentinel andenterprise.com

LUNENBURG -- Stillman Dairy Farm will bring agriculture and fun together for its fourth annual community fair Saturday.

“Lunenburg has a history of being a farming community,” said Julia Stillman, who helps run the family farm. “This is to get people connected to agriculture and farms. Especially with small farms, they depend on community support.”

The fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the farm at 991 Lancaster Ave.

There will be live music, food, drinks, and tables for more than 40 artisans and nonprofits. This year there will be three food trucks from neighboring cities, she said.

Activities throughout the day include sand art, dairy tours, and hay rides. Single events like a goat fitting demo, tug of war, bingo, and ice cream making will also take place.

The fair will offer free admission, parking, and kids events, which is meant to be inclusive, Stillman said.

Fair attendees will also get the chance to see the 1-ton paper airplane created by students through the Fitchburg Revolving Museum’s PROJECT SOAR.

As part of its connection with the community, Stillman Dairy Farm will pay tribute to its neighbor farm in town, Cherry Hill Farm, which is known for its ice cream.

At the fair at 2 p.m., there will be a tribute to Doug and Marilyn MacMillan, who have run the farm for more than 50 years.

Like Stillman Dairy Farm, Cherry Hill is family-owned and plays a role in the community, Stillman said.

“It’s really rare for there to be two dairy farms in any town in Massachusetts,” she said. “They have always been good neighbors.”

Proceeds from sponsorships and a raffle will benefit the Lunenburg 4-H club, which connects children to agriculture, and the Lunenburg Wellness Advisory, a service that helps residents find mental health services easier.

This is the third year giving to the 4-H club and the first giving to the Wellness Advisory, Stillman said.

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