SHIRLEY -- Folks have started reserving their sales spaces for this year's Shirley Hoe Down.

The Shirley Historical Society will serve salads and barbecue chicken, ShirleyArts! will have hot dogs and hamburgers, the Boy Scouts will grill sausages, the bakers from Trinity Chapel will be back with their home-made pies and the Center Town Hall Committee will serve chicken wraps.

The Shirley Recycling Committee will sell compost bins and the Friends of Hazen Library will have attractive souvenir bags to sell. Friends of Nashoba Nursing will have information about nursing and hospice services and Next Step Living will have information about alternative energy solutions.

New this year will be Erica of Little Acre Farms who has products made from her goats' milk plus photos, mugs and mouse pads illustrated with local sites. Nicole Kirrane will have glitter tattoos and will be sharing her face-painting artistry. Teaghan Doughty creates original costume horns.

The Shirley Playboard will be back year with their Cow Chip Bingo. Board members will have tickets available in advance as well as at the day of the Hoe Down.

This year's Hoe Down will take place on Shirley Center Common from noon to dusk on Saturday June 7, with a rain date of June 8.

Two bands, one dance group and a magician have been signed up. Details regarding other entertainers and sales booths are being worked out.


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At www.shirleyhoedown.net, there is a link to a registration form for others who may be interested in having a table. Shirley nonprofit organizations who have had food tables in the past will be given priority, but apply soon.

The next Hoe Down planning meeting will be Wednesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum. Anyone interested in helping with planning is welcome to attend.