The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 28, 2001


Pig 'n Pepper Festival promises to be a bargain for families

There is no need to travel far to take the kids to a country fair on Columbus Day weekend the Pig 'n Pepper Festival is nearby and offers a plethora of children's activities that are included in the cost of admission. The 11th Annual Pig 'n Pepper Festival is scheduled for October 6-7, at the 4-H Fairgrounds on South Chelmsford Road, Westford. This year the children will have many choices for fun and entertainment:

Games such as ring toss, bell striker and fishing, many offering prizes to all kids.

Tables of make-it-yourself crafts.

Pony rides, bounce rides and horse-drawn hayrides.

Face painting, temporary tattoos and nail art.

Juggling, acrobatic and magic shows.

Pictures taken with character cut-outs.

Radio Disney will be at the festival for the first time, playing music for the kids and offering games and prizes as well from noon to four each day.

Of course, all the food kids love will be available: hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, cotton candy, popcorn, and fried dough. More mature tastes will enjoy what the barbecue vendors have to offer, such as ribs, chicken, shrimp kabobs, grilled corn on the cob, and chili. To minimize the wait for the delicious barbecue, there will be almost twice as many food vendors this year.

The Pig 'n Pepper is the site of the Massachusetts State Barbecue Championship and watching the barbecue teams compete is fun and a new experience for many people. There is also a pepper product competition with many 4-H and other youngsters taking part. Attendees can sample and vote for the People's Choice Salsa. Pepper vendors offer products such as salsa, rubs and barbecue sauces.

Children and adults alike enjoy the live blues, folk and country music bands that perform all weekend and browsing through the Artisans Pavilion where

local artisans and crafters offer their creations for sale.

Members of the Carlisle Education Foundation and the Westford Networks for Education & Technology Partnership (WestNET) organize this annual fundraising event. All profits benefit the children of Carlisle and Westford by funding special projects not included in the school budgets. It takes hundreds of volunteers to make the festival a success for the children of Westford and Carlisle. If you want to learn more about volunteering, please call Lisa Harris at 1-978-371-2494. Corporate sponsors and community partners also participate in bringing the festival to the community. This year Synopsys, Inc. is the main sponsor.

The Pig 'n Pepper will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for children 2-12. Parking with a short shuttle bus ride is free. Pets and alcohol are not permitted on the fairgrounds. For more information visit our web site at or call our hotline at 1-978-369-0366.

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