Category: Fairie Festival

Important News – 2018 May Day Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm

Important News – 2018 May Day Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm

Dear Friends:

Lucy and I are taking to heart some of the messages we seem to have been getting over the last few years:  that the May Day Fairie Festival has grown to an extent that it is stressing the Farm, Codorus Township, the parking situation, our wonderful volunteers, not to mention the two of us.  Additionally, we have ideas for new directions for Spoutwood which need our full attention. Therefore we are letting it be known that 2018 will be our last holding the May Day Fairie Festival at Spoutwood.   We are extremely sad to come to this decision after what will be a glorious 27-year run, and what this ending will mean to all of you, our accomplices, our playmates, soulmates… and many myriads more fairies.  But we are dedicated to encourage and empower others to carry on this noble sacred tradition at another location.  Many discussions and deliberations will need to be entered into almost immediately.  So if you wish to contribute to the next generation of the FF,  and/or you have some suggestions you’d like to pass along, please let us know.  Wishing it could go on here forever. Stay tuned for further developments.

Kubiando and Fairie Blessings,

Rob and Lucy

Fall Fairie Fest Location Changed

Fall Fairie Fest Location Changed

October 14 and 15, 2017 will mark Spoutwood’s first Fall Fairie Festival. It will also mark the first time we’ve ever held a major event away from Spoutwood. We would never do such a thing unless it were absolutely necessary. And let it be known right up front that this in no way affects our commitment to the 27th annual May Day Fairie Festival May 4-6, 2018 at Spoutwood Farm.

August 18 we were summoned to Codorus Township offices and and told we were not grandfathered in for permit approval since we hadn’t held a fall festival in several years. The Township required us to go through their Zoning Hearing Board process—an involved process which involves notifying neighbors, advertising, scheduling, etc., a process which takes 2-3 months minimum. So it was either cancel or find another venue. We chose the latter, sorting through 15-20 venues until we settled on Ramblewood with its history of Fairy friendly vibes.

Ramblewood is not Spoutwood. Only Spoutwood is Spoutwood. But we Spoutwood Fae are going to take some of the magic and spirit from the Farm and from our hearts and we’re going to make Ramblewood such as it’s never been before. Come one and all and help create something unbelievable and epic: Spoutwood’s Fall Fairie Festival at Ramblewood October 14 and 15.

Spoutwood Farm Center Launches Extensive Recovery Effort

Spoutwood Farm Center Launches Extensive Recovery Effort


May Day Fairie Festival Cancellation Prompts Spoutwood Farm Center to Launch Extensive Recovery Effort

Glen Rock, PA – May 25, 2017 For the first time in the 26-year history of the May Day Fairie Festival, Spoutwood Farm was forced to cancel. Due to the relentless rainy conditions, troubles with mud began in the parking area on Saturday morning at Forbes Farm, the neighboring field that accommodates the thousands of festivalgoers. Similar conditions on the Festival grounds at Spoutwood Farm, progressed throughout the day, and the decision was made late Saturday to cancel the remainder of the festival altogether due to serious safety concerns. The extremely muddy and wet conditions ended the annual celebration early.

The May Day Fairie Festival is not only a fun, annual celebration, but it is also the primary fundraiser for Spoutwood, a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational farm. The Fairie Festival supports the Farm’s overall operations year-round and the consequences have yet to be fully realized. Because the Festival has always been a rain-or-shine, past years have suffered because of rain and low attendance. This cancellation, however, is unprecedented and well beyond a usual weather setback. Not only did the Festival experience a low turnout on Friday and Saturday, but they also had zero income on Sunday due to the cancellation, and they were prompted to pay partial vendor fee refunds, as well as refunds for advance sale ticket holders who were unable to attend. Repair and maintenance costs will also contribute to the overall losses leaving the estimated financial impact at a devastating deficit of approximately $100,000.

Operations costs for Spoutwood Farm Center include general farm maintenance, the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, the operation of the teen CHEFS program, animal care, grounds keeping, all staffing, and upkeep of the various buildings and equipment, such as the Observatory, Frodo Straw Bale building, office, barn and other outbuildings. Without recovery assistance, the cancellation and subsequent deficit will also either delay or altogether derail future plans including the development of a formal library from the thousands of nature books collected throughout the years, and the launch of a complete roster of educational outreach programs.

In spite of the current devastation, Spoutwood Farm Center is determined to recover and thrive and the annual May Day Fairie Festival celebrations will continue. The recovery effort is already underway with a general fundraising campaign, with donations being gratefully accepted on the website HERE and through the GoFundMe campaign HERE. The Board of Directors and the support team for Spoutwood are also researching and pursuing appropriate grants that aid non-profit organizations, and discussing the possibility of hosting a different fundraising event some time in 2017. All donations to the 501(c)(3) are tax deductible.

Additionally, participating in the Spoutwood Farm Center Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program also supports the Farm and aids the recovery effort. The CSA provides a weekly supply of fresh, local, naturally grown vegetables as well as egg and cheese options for 24 weeks of the growing season. CSA shareholders pay in advance for a regular medium or large supply of vegetables. Shareholder commitments allow the Farm to grow the best quality produce without the economic worry that besets modern agriculture.

Sign up for the CSA HERE. Pick-ups begin on May 25th and registrations will continue through mid June.


America’s first Fairie Festival started in 1991 as a small fairie-themed party at Spoutwood Farm. It has since grown into a three-day celebration with friends of the fae coming from all over the world.


As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational farm, Spoutwood Farm Center demonstrates, promotes, and advocates for our interconnected sustainable partnership with Nature. Spoutwood Farm Center is a place of beauty, respite and renewal, inspiring people to reconnect to Nature by honoring the living web of our particular place on Earth, through celebration, wonder, and stewardship. Spoutwood’s heart-felt belief is that, through fresh, locally grown food and effective plant-animal-people partnerships with the land, we will build a vital, just, and sustainable world for the 21st century. To learn more about Spoutwood Farm Center, please visit or find us on Facebook.


Spoutwood Farm Center demonstrates, promotes and advocates for our interconnected sustainable partnership with Nature.

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Victoria Ribeiro
Deep Roots Marketing Communications