Harvard Cable TV put together this awesome video of Winter Fest 2024. Enjoy, and we'll see you next year!

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***2024 5K Race Results***

Results by Age Categories


***Chili Contest Winners***

1st Place:  Leo Ajemian (The Goodest)

2nd Place: Julie Mandello (5-Time Champion Chili)

3rd Place: Robert Douglas (Harvard Venison Chili)


***Mac and Cheese Contest Winners***

1st Place: Sue Reedich (Alpine Mac and Cheese)

2nd Place: Russ Shappy (M&C with Carmelized Onions and Bacon)

3rd Place:  Lisa Reedich (Harvest Mac and Cheese)


***Knitted Hat Contest Winners***

Fiber Loft Best in Show Award: Anne Dempsey

1st Place Adults:  Connie Barton

1st Place Children: Sylvia Reily

Overall Runner Up: Connie Barton (with another hat)


          *** Human Dog Sled Winners***

Under 18:

1st Place: The Gang

2nd Place: Easton-Alden

3rd Place: Protein

Adults with kids:

1st Place: KooKoo

2nd Place: The Apple Gang

3rd Place: Roasted Broccoli


            *** Sun Catchers Winners***

Peoples Choice Winner: Grace (String of Hearts)

People's Choice Runner Up: Ilyas & Loren (Stained Glass)

Most Creative: Grace (PB Flower)

Most Natural: Ilyas (Pine Cones, Bark, Hydrangea)

16+ Winner: Loren (Sticks, Hydrangea, Tiny Pine Cones)

Honorable Mention: Ella (Bunny)


            *** Skillet Toss Winners***

Under 13 Females:                               Under 13 Males:

 Sylvia                                                    Tanner

Cardine                                                   Isaac

Lena                                                        Tristan

13 to 19 Females:                                  13 to 19 Males:

Amanda                                                   Alden

Remington                                              Liam

Over 19 Females:                                   Over 19 Males:

Emily                                                        Tyler                   

Haley                                                        Fred

Debbie                                                      Ben


Lost and Found:

We found a child's pink hat and purple gloves.  Email us at so we can get that back to you.



Winter Fest February 24, 2024

Held at Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd  Harvard MA

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Admission $5, children 6 and under are free

You may get your tickets here ahead of time if you prefer.

We Appreciate our Event Sponsors!

Add some sparkle to your mid-winter by joining the Harvard Lions Club and Fruitlands Museum for our annual Winter Fest celebration! We’ll kick off the day with a frosty 5K road race.  Come to the heated tent and warm up with hot cocoa and a hot dog, then head off to shoot the apple cannons, visit our vendors, play kid’s games, toss a skillet, and enter the knit/crochet hat contest and the snowflake and icicle contests.  Sign up for the human dog sled pull and then warm up by the fire pits.  Don’t forget to enter your favorite entries in the chili and the mac and cheese contests! End the day by Wassailing the Orchard, led by our singing, costumed Troupe. 


                 5K Road Race                                           Wassail the Orchard

                Apple Cannons                                        Enchanted Meadow

                Mac and Cheese Contest                       Vendors

                Nature Walks on Fruitland Trails           Food and Beverages

                Knit/Crochet Hat Contest                        Fire Pits

                Skillet Toss Contest                                Snowman Glen

                Chili Contest                                            Scavenger Hunt      

                Human Dog Sled Pull                              Indoor Kid's Activities

                Ice Sun Catcher Contest                         Sledding on the Hill

                Hot Chocolate Bar                                   Make a Candle

                Icicle Contest                                           Snowflake Contest

Click on the Winter Fest merchandise below to be taken to our Square store. 



Winter Fest 5K

***2024 5K Race Results***


Racing to raise funds for Lions sight and hearing research.

  • The race starts and finishes at Fruitlands and is run on paved roads
  • 5K is RFID chip timed
  • $25 registration fee includes race, 2 coupons to local businesses, and admission to Winter Fest
  • Day of race registrations will increase to $35
  • $15 long sleeve performance shirt available at checkout, also available for purchase at our Square Store and includes 2 coupons to other local businesses
  • Day of Registration opens at 10:30 am
  • Race starts at 11:15 am
  • Course map:  5K Course
  • Register for the 5K Race at RunSignUp 


Human Dog Sled Pull

The Human Dog Sled Pull is a two person event pulling a weighted sled over a defined course.  Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

No entry fee.  Sign up HERE.




Sign up for our People's Choice Contests:

Medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each contest.

One free admission to Winter Fest per contestant.





Skillet Toss Contest


Knit and Crochet Hat Contest

Enter your hand knit or crocheted hat in our Hat Contest. Enter in either the 14 and under or 15 and over age categories. The Fiber Loft knitting group will judge the hats first and choose a Best in Show winner.  The hats will then be moved to Winter Fest where we will have a People's Choice contest.  Prizes to top winners in each age category.

Information Sheet

Entry Form 

Icicle Contest

Participants must bring a photo of them standing next to their icicle before removal, and then bring it to Winter Fest, where the Harvard Garden Club will measure and record length, and add to the display.

Medals will be awarded for longest, skinniest, and oddest. Bonus for named entries with certificate for best name. Award Ceremony at 3:00 pm.

Ice Sun Catcher Contest

Bring your homemade ice sun catcher to display and be judged by the Harvard Family Association. Medals to top three winners!

Here's a video showing how to make an ice sun catcher.

And here is another one.


Frozen emed Kid's Activities, Indoors

Make a Candle (for a small fee) with Kitchen Sink Candle

Visit our Vendors' Booths

Email us if you're interested in having a craft or business booth at Winter Fest.                                $25/booth.



Wassail the Orchard with Us


Activities subject to change due to weather conditions.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs on leashes are welcome to join in the fun. A heated tent will be available throughout the day.

                       Fruitlands Museum - The Trustees of Reservations

For more information or questions, email us at

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