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Tom, a turkey at Winslow Farm in Norton, spent much of one day in July standing in front of a fan to cool off. (Staff file photo by Mike George)

NORTON - Farm animals and live music are teaming up to take center stage at the Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary's first annual music festival.

"People can come and see the animals, see the sanctuary and enjoy some live music at the same time," owner Debra White said.

The farm is hosting the event on Sept. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. as a fundraiser. With the winter months not far down the road, the farm needs to raise money to get through the winter.

"Donations drop off in the fall, we need to raise money to get through the winter and this is a fundraising event to help us get through," White said.

The non-profit animal sanctuary is home to approximately 200 rescued animals including sheep, goats, horses, llamas, alpacas, pigs and other animals.

The event will include performances by Butch McCarthy, Joanne Lurgio, Jan Luby, Andrew Lewis, Lew Bones, Andrew and Judy, George Deliyiannia and Diane Battistello.

"It's going to have a lot of folk music and blues music," White said.

Admission for the event is $10 for adults, $5 for children and children 2 and under are free. There is no need to R.S.V.P.

"The admission price is the same you would pay to visit the farm any other day and there's the addition of the music," White said.

Bottled water, soft drinks and popcorn will be sold and attendees are invited to bring picnic lunches. White advises that people bring their own blankets and chairs so they have a place to sit and enjoy the concert.

Visitors to the event are also advised to pay attention to the weather, as the outdoor event will be cancelled in inclement weather. For more information, visit

PAIGE ALLEN covers Norton for The Sun Chronicle. She can be reached at or at 508-236-0336.

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