ROXBURY — This weekend just might turn out to be peak foliage time, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to enjoy it than Toplands Farm. Located on a Roxbury hilltop at 102 Painter Rd., the iconic 600-acre farm offers sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. By a stroke of luck, the farm will be open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, October 19, rain or shine for the sixth annual Open House and Tractor Show.
The popular event typically takes place in May, but was postponed this year thanks to an unusually wet spring.
Historically a dairy farm, now home to a pasture-raised beef herd and an assortment of farm pets, Toplands is also home to the Double D Living History Farm.
Saturday’s event will feature a tractor parade, sawmill demonstrations, wagon rides, food, musical entertainment, children’s activities, vendors and much more.
There will be much to see at the farm that day, but the main attraction is always Dudley Diebold’s collection of 260 restored antique trucks and tractors, the largest such fleet in the Northeast.
The tractors are housed in four 160x80 barns, providing much to do under cover in case of rain.
Many of the tractors will be up and running, with a rotating series of vehicles parading through the grounds throughout the day.
Another highlight this year will be demonstrations of the farm’s Amidon sawmill, a vintage piece donated by Martin Cherniske and his family from New Milford. The sawmill is also under cover.
Demonstrations of other old time farm equipment will be offered all day, including a corn grinder, a corn sheller, a cordwood saw, a rock crusher, a shingle mill, a water pump and a wood splitter.
Yet another barn houses the Roxbury Historical Society’s collection of antique and vintage farm equipment.
A food tent will feature Nonie Diebold’s famous chili, cooked in the double walled steam kettle powered by a Farquhar upright steamer, along with burgers and frankfurters on the grill.
Stosh’s Kettle Korn will be making their product fresh onsite near the farm’s meat shop, which will be open for business that day.
Other local vendors lined up along the driveway in front of the main cow barn will include Daffodil Hill Growers, Goat Boy Soaps, Savor Fine Foods, Caring for Bethlehem and many more, along with representatives from the Audubon Society and Roxbury Land Trust.
Catherine Lavoie of Caring for Bethlehem will bring her own line of reusable shopping bags, sandwich bags and food storage bags, with all proceeds benefiting the Bethlehem Food Bank.
Near the vendor area, music will be provided all day by Northern Bred Country Band, a four-piece, Southbury-based band dedicated to country music from the past and old “jukebox joint classics.”
Near the donkey pasture, this year’s enhanced children’s area will feature a variety of games and friendly animals. Just for kids, barrel train rides will make a loop around the main cow barn.
Visitors of all ages will have the chance to catch a wagon ride from the 75-foot blue silo to enjoy panoramic views of the farm.
“We are so excited that many who could not have made it in the spring can be here in the fall,” said Nikki Hine, who added that those who wish to bring an antique truck or tractor to the show are asked to call the office to reserve a space.
Admission to the event is $5 per carload. There will be a special area near the lower barn for motorcycle parking, as well as a dedicated field for handicapped parking.
Those seeking additional information may call 860-354-0649 or visit www.toplandsfarm.com.