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Turning back time at Octoberfest

Aaron and Joseph Birnbaum of New Paltz, N.Y., above, carved pumpkins. Photo by John Torsiello

NORTH CANAAN — The Green in the center of town was filled with children on a mild Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14. They were there taking part in Octoberfest activities for all ages.

Dozens of kids, with their parents and grandparents in tow, played games, had their faces painted, carved pumpkins and took hay rides, just as children have done for hundreds of years during autumn in rural towns and villages throughout New England and beyond.

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