Supporting the Arts in Western Massachusetts and Beyond

June 13, 2022

PREVIEW: The Bidwell County Fair

Bidwell House, Monterey, MA
June 25, 2022

After a 2-year hiatus, the Bidwell House Museum is so excited to bring back the Bidwell Country Fair! Everyone is invited to this fun and free community event on Saturday, June 25th from 12-4 pm at the Bidwell House Museum. In 2022 the town of Monterey is celebrating its 175th anniversary and the Museum is thrilled to have the Bidwell Country Fair be a part of those festivities.
There will be activities for the whole family at the Fair including music, reenactors, artisan demonstrations, crafts, food and more.
On the musical stage Bidwell presents Moonshine Holler and Oakes and Smith. The Butler’s Rangers and the Loyalist Reenactors will be at the Museum in the afternoon talking about what life was like for those who fought alongside the British during the Revolutionary War. 
2018 photo by Walter Engells
Numerous artisans onsite will showcase their crafts, including The Berkshire Hills and Dales Spinning Guild, stone carver Adam Heller, blacksmith Chris Templin, along with timber framing and timber sawing demonstrations. History buffs can learn more about the 175 years of the town of Monterey with a display from the Monterey Historical Society. Younger visitors can work on crafts, face painting and a scavenger hunt. 
First-time visitors to the Bidwell House can also take outdoor self-guided tours during the afternoon, including one about the history of the Bidwell House and one about the Native American history of the local land. Guided tours of the inside of the house will not be offered during the Country Fair.