HAVE A ‘BLAST’ AT SHAW FARM’S 100TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

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DRACUT — “It’s going to be a blast,” promises Warren Shaw, owner of Shaw Farm, which will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary on June 28 and June 29.

“I think the residents of Dracut and all the neighboring towns are really going to enjoy themselves this weekend. I know I am,” said Shaw, whose family farm at 195 New Boston Road is one of the longest surviving dairy farms around. “It’s going to be a big ‘people’ event. Everybody will be saying hello to people they might not have seen in years.”

Organizers, which include a group of family members, have a truck full of activities planned for the two-day event. Shaw, who doubles as a radio talk-show host on Saturday mornings on 980 WCAP-AM, will broadcast live from the farm starting at 6 a.m. A skydiver is scheduled to drop in while breakfast is being served to some of Shaw Farm’s longest and most loyal customers.

“We’ve been able to locate over 200 customers who have been supporting the farm for over 25 years. Some of them as long as 75 years,” said Shaw, who served the town as a selectman for 24 years.

Music, face-painting, caricatures by Bill Bradbury, hay rides, barn tours on the hour and hands-on cow milking are only some of the highlights. A giant cookout is planned at the ice cream stand at 4 p.m.

The fun continues Sunday when visitors can make their own ice cream sundaes with fresh strawberries from Parlee Farm beginning at 2 p.m. The event culminates with a scavenger hunt inside a giant hay pile. At some point there will be a speaking program featuring members of the Shaw family.

“People can come by, stay as long as they like,” Shaw said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s not only our history, it’s all part of Dracut’s history, too.”

For more information visit www.shawfarm.com.