Visitors are invited to experience a blast from the past during the Crook Farm Country Fair and Old Time Music Festival from Thursday through Sunday at the Crook Farm on 476 Seaward Ave.
Sponsored by the Bradford Landmark Society, which is currently celebrating 50 years, the fair is in its 40th year.
Visitors may immerse themselves in the mid-to-late 1800s with live blacksmith, woodcarving, candle dipping, and rug weaving demonstrations at the historic Crook Farm.
“Ladies would traditionally weave rugs between trees behind the farmhouse,” explained Molly Lindahl, genealogy researcher for the Bradford Landmark Society.
Tours of the historical Crook Farm buildings will be offered throughout the weekend. This year, there will also be a tribute to Jean Bromeley in the farmhouse; she passed away in June. “She always supported the farm and the Bradford Landmark Society since day one,” said Sally Costik, curator for the society.
“The Bradford Landmark Society will be hosting a tent near the bank building for historical discussions and questions. Also on display will be books and specific toys that children may have played with in the 1800s,” Lindahl said. Woodworking tools and other historical items will be on display nearby inside the bank building.
The fair will host over 60 vendors, selling a wide variety of food, crafts and instruments. Vendors will be given a chance to donate items, which will be raffled off at a Chinese auction tent located on the fairground. Also featured is the popular baked goods sale. “We have some very talented bakers who bring their wares to us,” said Lindahl.
Members from various quilters guilds will be in the barn and a quilt made by them, also known as the town square quilt, will be raffled off during the festivities. Tickets for the town square quilt are sold at the Bradford Landmark Society, the Little Fabric Garden and at the fair itself. The lucky winner will be drawn near the end of the day on Sunday and does not need to be present at the time of the drawing.
A petting zoo starring turtles, rabbits and chickens will be available all day Sunday, while alpacas from Kendall Creek Farms will be at the fair on both Saturday and Sunday.
“We could not do this without our army of volunteers, from the women who run the tables to the Boy Scout troops that help pick up the trash,” said Costik while discussing the over 100 volunteers that help out with the fair each year.
“We’re a strictly donor funded agency. This is by far the largest fundraiser for the Bradford Landmark Society. It keeps us viable and allows us to continue our work,” said board of directors member and fair organizer, Robert Esch.
Admission for the event is $5 for adults, while musicians and children 12 and under are free. Free rough camping is available and the event is dog friendly.
For more information on the music side of the event, visit http://crooktop.com.