October 6: The festival is almost here and preparations are nearly completed. Thanks to an amazing crew and volunteers, the 9th Old 78 Farm Fall festival will be bigger and better than ever. Tickets are still available at our facebook event page for the advanced price of $10, a $5 savings over the gate price. This is a rain or shine event, so feel free to come with rain gear, including your easy up, and celebrate with us.
The 9th Annual Old 78 Farm Fall Festival will take place this year on October 6th at the Old 78 Farm at 823 Orange Road in the small “Right to Farm Community” of Warwick, MA. This family-friendly event brings the feel of a large music festival to a small town in the Massachusetts hills of the North Quabbin. Just as you’d expect, this event features craft vendors, amazing food, and award-winning local and nationally-known musical acts to delight everyone.
The Old 78 Farm Fall Festival is also proud of its commitment to the local community. Many of the craft vendors live in or around Warwick selling things such as handmade crystal-wrapped jewelry, recycled/reclaimed clothing, recycled glass candle holders, hula hoops, and other hand-crafted gifts. For the first time, we will be welcoming The Coloring Club from Northampton. During the day, Pixie Belle the Clown will be on hand to amuse the many children who join in the day’s festivities with face painting and balloon creations. In the evening, the stage lights up to showcase music meant to keep you up and dancing late into the night.
Our loyal festival friends have come to expect food that is primarily grown on the property or from local farmers, including barbecue by championship team I’m a Hog for Q, Baby. There will also be amazing dishes from the Old 78 kitchen including squash soup, chili, quick breads, and hand-cut french fries. Don’t forget to buy a jar of dilly beans, pickled beets or relish, because the canned goods sell out fast! And who could resist Grandma Lynn’s pies, baked from scratch!
What about the music? This year’s line-up features more first time bands than ever, and a few return performances. Greenfield’s Colorway will make their debut, as will bluegrass band, August First. Also from Greenfield, blues and rock stylists, The Medicinal Purpose, will be making their first trip to Old 78. Award winning blues and soul artist, Dave Keller from Montpelier, Vermont will be returning for the first time since the inaugural Old 78 so many years ago with an energetic solo set. Rebel Alliance (MA) will arrive with their reggae rock jams for the fourth year in a row, and rice – An American Band (MA), the truly home grown band coming directly from Old 78 Farm itself will also make their fourth appearance. Also gracing our stages for the first time will be Northampton’s Old Flame. Billboard AAA Top 40 Artists, Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, will bring their full band. For the first time, Long Arm Rex from Boston, will appear. They won the Pioneer Valley Battle of the Band competition for Strangecreek Campout, and their sound encompasses elements of rock, jam, and reggae.
In the past, other bands such as Bella’s Bartok, Outer Stylie, Adam Ezra Group, Secret Sage, The Mary Jane Jones, Start Making Sense (Talking Heads tribute), Roots of Creation, Way Up South, Rhythm Inc., Llama Lasagne, DeadBeat (Grateful Dead tribute), and After Fab (Beatles tribute) have graced the stage, and the list keeps growing.