Community Harvest Project hosts 13th festival and seventh 5K

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By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Runners begin the seventh annual Harvest Home Festival 5K.

Grafton – Pleasant autumn weather Nov. 3 attracted residents and visitors to the Brigham Hill Community Farm in North Grafton. There, the Community Harvest Project (CHP) hosted its 13th annual Harvest Home Festival.

After Grafton High School student Miah Hughes sang the national anthem, over 170 runners and walkers participated in the seventh annual 5K. Placing first overall for the second consecutive year was Evan Griffith of Millbury, finishing this year in 21:25. He’s a student at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton. Kathryn McCarthy of Southborough was the first-place female finishing in 26:33.

 

 

 

 

 

Race participants joined other festival-goers for a full day of activities with food, beer and desserts available. Festivities included kids’ crafts, a petting zoo, marshmallow-roasting by a bonfire, apple cannons, pumpkin catapults, inflatable amusements and hayrides. Live musical entertainment was provided by blues singer and musician Big Jon Short. Festival-goers voted in a contest for their favorite scarecrow.

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 community-harvest.org and facebook.com/CHPINC.

photos/Ed Karvoski, Jr.

Henry MacLeary, 2, steers a tractor of Brigham Hill Community Farm.
Olivia Dundin, 6, shoots an apple from a cannon toward a target.
Charlotte LeMay, 4, puts finishing touches on a decorated frame craft.
Kathryn McCarthy of Southborough is the 5K’s first-place female.