Community Harvest Project hosts 12th fest, sixth 5K


By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Noah Rubinson, 8, handles a bunny named Everest at the festival’s petting zoo. Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Grafton – Pleasant autumn weather Nov. 4 attracted residents and visitors to the Brigham Hill Community Farm in North Grafton. There, the Community Harvest Project (CHP) hosted its 12th annual Harvest Home Festival.

First, about 200 runners and walkers participated in the sixth annual Harvest Home 5K Race and one-mile walk on Grafton Land Trust trails. Finishing first overall in 21:44 was Evan Griffith of Millbury, a student at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton. Carolyn Heidnthal of Grafton was the first-place female finishing in 25:27.

Afterward, race participants joined other festival-goers for a full day of activities. In addition to food trucks, a beer tent and bake sale, festivities included a petting zoo, marshmallow-roasting by a bonfire, apple cannons, pumpkin catapults, inflatable amusements, as well as children’s crafts and games. Live musical entertainment was provided by blues singer and musician Big Jon Short.

The grounds were too muddy from recent rainstorms for the tractor-drawn hayrides. Instead, the parked wagon featured story times and seasonal crafts courtesy of Grafton Public Library.

The event raises funds and awareness for CHP, a nonprofit farm with volunteers growing produce for those in need of assistance throughout Worcester County. For information, visit and on Facebook at

Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Grafton Public Library Director Beth Gallaway reads a seasonal story along with her daughter Josie Freysinger, 6.
Jen Woodall and her daughter Olivia Dundin, 5, are amazed by the distance that they shot an apple from a cannon.



The Rachford brothers – Nathaniel, 5, and Gabriel, 3 – create spin art.
Palmer McAdams, 1-1/2, assembles together pieces of Mr. Potato Head.
Evan Griffith of Millbury finishes the 5K race first overall.
Carolyn Heidnthal of Grafton is the 5K’s first-place female.