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by Judy O'Gara

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Never heard of Cow Chip Bingo? Well, amble on down to Medway300 Community Farm Day, on Sunday, September 15th, and you’re in for an experience. Farm Day begins at 10 a.m. at Shady Oaks Farm at 38 Winthrop Street with a tractor pull and then a kids’ lawn and garden tractor pull, as well as refreshments. At 11 a.m., the cows will take charge of the time schedule for a bit.
Tickets for Cow Chip Bingo are $20, but prizes are pretty high. Actual cows will be set to graze over a chalked out grid on a field. The first dropping one makes will yield a lucky winner $3,000, the second, $2,000 and the third $1,000.
From noon to four p.m., Farm Day events take place a few doors down at the Medway Community Organic Farm, at 50 Winthrop Street. Each year, the community farm holds a harvest-time event, but this year, with Medway’s Tercentennial, organizers combined both Shady Oaks’ regular tractor pull and the community farm event to make the day even more special.
“This seemed like a good way to celebrate Medway’s agricultural history,” says volunteer Deborah Kreiser-Francis. “It’s meant to be an all-ages event, where people from all walks of life come, gathering to celebrate food, such a basic connection to the land.
There is no cost for entrance to Farm Day, says Kreiser-Francis, although a few of the activities do have small fees to cover materials. The event itself, however, is billed as “family fun at old fashioned prices,” so that as many Medway residents will be encouraged to attend as possible.
“We ask people for $5 per family, but people give us a range,” says Jeanne Raffa, from the Medway Community Farm. “It’s definitely optional, and then we have some ticketed events and some free events.
Events will include recycled and handmade crafts, such as leaf pressing, corn husk dolls and straw weaving, with everything environmentally friendly and farm-related. The day will include canning demonstrations, hay rides, food from the farm and various vendors, face-painting and animals. What’s more, old-fashioned fun is planned, such as 3-legged, hoop and stick and sack races, a cornhole toss and a pie-eating contest.
Community Farm Day will have home-grown entertainment, too. At 1 p.m., the Copley Cats, an a capella singing group will play at Medway Community Farm, opening for Lil’ Jed & the Phat Daddies, from nearby Millis. The entertainment is paid for in part by a grant from the Medway Cultural Council, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
“It’s just a great event, a fun event, so that people can have a great day and not spend a lot of money,” says Raffa.
Volunteers are still encouraged to step forward for the event. Those interested can email [email protected].

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