GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Families heading to western Massachusetts this
summer can make the most out of a host of festivals that take place
throughout the Upper Pioneer Valley region.
The following is a look at what is going on in June and
July:Shelburne Falls will hold its annual Riverfest on June 9 from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the Deerfield River. A children's Frog and
Flower Parade across the Bridge of Flowers is on tap along with
whitewater rafting, educational programs, musical events and
crafts.A Taste of Amherst festival, set for June 21 to 24 at Amherst
Town Common, will feature regional food tastings, live music and
children's entertainment. More than 20,000 visitors typically
attend the event, which is covered by live radio broadcasts.The 15th annual Green River Festival, scheduled for July 20 and
21 at Greenfield Community College, will feature hot-air balloon
rides all weekend. Fireworks displays are set for Friday evening,
accompanied by musical entertainment.
Families can explore a crafts marketplace and see jugglers and
other entertainers perform. Tickets are priced at $20 if purchased
by June 1; $25 through July 15. Tickets also will be available at
the festival for $35 per adult.
Children ages 12 and under are admitted free. For additional
information, visit the festival's Web site at www.greenriverfestival.com.
The Upper Pioneer Valley is located about two hours from Boston
or Providence, R.I., and about three hours from Manhattan.
Local activities include whitewater rafting, trout fishing on
the Deerfield River and hiking at Northfield Mountain Recreation
Center. Art lovers can take in the many galleries at Shelburne
Falls and Northampton.
A tour of the Yankee Candle Car Museum in South Deerfield is a
popular draw for groups as well as families.
For more on the Upper Pioneer Valley, call the Franklin County
Chamber of Commerce at (413) 773-5463 or visit its Web site at www.franklincc.org.
The Upper Pioneer Valley Visitor Information Center can be
reached at (413) 773-9393.