GRAFTON, Mass. — Residents came to Grafton Common Saturday for the apple pie. They stayed to sink Superintendent of Schools James Cummings.
Cummings was one of several Grafton celebrities who found himself under water during his stint in the dunk tank at the 33rd annual Harvest Fair and Apple Pie Social.
"Are all these kids in Little League?" Cummings asked as he emerged from the water yet again.
A clear and sunny day on the first day of fall, combined with a Grafton Common filled with sales tables, children's activities and food, brought hundreds of Graftonites out to the social, the Congregational Church of Grafton's largest fundraiser of the year.
The Grafton Common bandstand was crowded with tables filled with apple pies and apple crisp, which disappeared quickly into the crowd, by the slice and by the pie.
"We made 276 pies and they're going fast," said Carrie Peacock, who oversaw several weeks of pie preparation at the church.
A surprise this year was a flash mob to The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," complete with, yes, a yellow submarine. Music from local musicians was interspersed with come-ons to get the next victim wet in the dunk tank.
"My own wife dunked me," Selectman Chairman David Ross said. "We're going to have to talk about this."