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Seventh Annual Asparagus & Flower Heritage Festival to be held May 16, 2009

Sponsored by the Quaboag Historical Society and the West Brookfield Historical Commission
Contact: 
Barbara Rossman
AFHF Committee
postboot [at] verizon [dot] net
West Brookfield, MA - The Seventh Annual Asparagus & Flower Heritage Festival will take place on the West Brookfield Common on Saturday, May 16th, 2009 from 10AM-4PM. Rain date is Sunday, May 17th. This unique celebration originally focused on "Asparagus" as the spirit of spring but five years ago "Flowers & Heritage" were added. The event is, once again, sponsored by the Quaboag Historical Society and the West Brookfield Historical Commission.


Why Asparagus?? In 1790 Deiderick Leertouwer, a Dutch Consul, was sent to the new states of Massachusetts and New England to promote trade. He settled in West Brookfield, which at the time was vying to be the county seat of Worcester. Legend has it that he missed his beloved asparagus and had roots sent to this country which he planted near Foster Hill in town. Asparagus patches appear each spring and several people claim to have the original patch!

The Festival is free to the public. Over 60 local growers, artisans, businesses and organizations are expected. Live music is provided by Dick Chase, along with fiddlin' by Samantha Gillogly. A Kids Parade, Frog Jumping Consest and Maypole Dance take place after noon. Enjoy lunch in "Asparagus Alley" where a variety of asparagus dishes will be available in addition to other lunch selections.

Come! Meet local plant growers, enjoy the music, have lunch with a touch of asparagus. And don't forget to say hello to Deiderick Leertouwer, he'll be strolling the Common. "The event is, once again, sponsored by the Quaboag Historical Society and the West Brookfield Historical Commission."

Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 15, 2009