Marlborough to host annual Heritage Festival
Marlborough - The annual Heritage Festival will be held Sunday Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout downtown Marlborough. From Florence Street to Bolton Street (Route 85), Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic in order to allow vendors, street entertainers and hundreds of attendees to enjoy the community-wide celebration.
The festival is a joint eff ort by the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce and the city to provide a day of fun for the entire family while celebrating the city's rich heritage and promoting downtown Marlborough as an enjoyable place to shop.
Marlborough resident John Noble, 85, will receive the first Heritage Hero award at the festival. The award honors a resident who has been active in promoting the city's heritage and preserving historical items.
During the festival, Main Street will be lined with booths and tables featuring hand-made crafts, antiques and jewelry. Holiday decorations and gifts of all kinds will be among the items for sale.
Entertainment and attractions will include music from D.J. Dave Cormier, performances by the Lincoln County Band and a demonstration by Villari's Self- Defense. There will also be a variety of activities for kids.
The Lions Eyemobile, the Ronald McDonald Caremobile and a Vehicle Fair will also be featured.
A food court will offer hot dogs, hamburgers, fried dough, ice cream, drinks and more. In addition, baked goods and other items will be among the mix of off erings available during the festival.
In case of rain, the festival will relocate to downtown's west parking garage at Granger Boulevard and Newton Street.
One of the event's most popular attractions, the Chowderfest, will return again this year. For the price of $3 per person or $5 per family, attendees will be able to sample tasty chowder from area restaurants that will be competing to be named the best in Marlborough.
Also planned for Sunday morning is the Main Street Mile Race scheduled for a 9:30 a.m. start. Runners of all ages will race from the corner of Broad and Lincoln streets, down Broad to West Main and on to downtown where the race will end in front of City Hall.
The 12th annual Heritage Festival in Marlborough is made possible thanks to the contributions of the following supporters: Gold Sponsors include Fidelity Investments, St. Mary's Credit Union and Main Street Journal; Silver Sponsors include Dr. Kerri Osterhaus, Omega Mortgage, L & S Boule Insurance, Marlborough Co- Operative Bank, Hudson Savings Bank, Marlborough Savings Bank, Marshall & Lemire Insurance, and local historian Susan Alatalo.
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