Westboroughâs Spring Festival set for May 1 and 2
Westborough – The 8th annual Spring Festival sponsored by the Westborough Rotary Club will take place rain or shine Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2. The event kicks off with the popular Westborough Civic Club Fishing Challenge at Minuteman Park Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and it will continue through the weekend, off ering familyfriendly entertainment. Sunday’s events will take place at Westborough High School.
At least 1,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festival, according to Carol Burtt Borglund, director of the Westborough Rotary Club.
“We hope to raise about $30,000,” she said. We’ve done that in the past and we hope to at least do that again.”
Money raised helps to fund Rotary Club charities, including providing scholarships for Westborough High School students and granting money to community groups.
Saturday’s Fishing Challenge is one of the biggest draws, Borglund said. “Sandra Pond is stocked for the event. Fishing poles are provided for those who don’t have them, and the Westborough Community Land Trust will set up a place for kids to do arts and crafts,”
All ages are invited to participate in the fishing event. Prizes will be given in each of three age categories: Junior (under 11 years old), Youth (11 to 18 years old) and Adult.
In addition to the fishing derby, Saturday’s events also include a spaghetti dinner sponsored by the Westborough Lions Club from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the High School.
Another popular event is the Amateur Dog Show.
“It’s a dog day afternoon at the Spring Festival,” Borglund joked.
She said she is amazed by the number of people who bring their dogs, many dressed up for the day, and parade their pets throughout the event. Awards are given in a number of categories, including Best Bark, Dog that Looks Most Like Its Owner, Best Trick, Best Dressed, and Best Tail Wagger. The show takes place Sunday at 2 p.m.
Activities Sunday begin with the Westborough Scholarship Pancake Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Other events include the Rotary 5K Road Race, a 5K Marathon with Your Pets, a Bake Off , and the Annual Food Fest Challenge showcasing local restaurants.
A new addition this year is a Music Fest scheduled to take place at the High School softball field from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Area musicians are encouraged to sign up for 20- to 30-minute performance sets.
Along with scheduled events, there will also be booths set up by both nonprofit organizations and area vendors. The Westborough Civic Club will be providing child finger-printing and ID cards in the High School cafeteria, and the Lions Club will have its Sightmobile on the premises to provide vision and hearing screenings.
“The Westborough High School Student Council will also be on hand and will run a children’s carnival throughout the day,” Borglund said.
And for those who attend with their dogs, representatives from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University will be offering baths and nail trimmings for the animals and the Cummings reps will also man a Pet Health Booth, where pet owners can get information from both veterinarians and students.
In the event of rain, activities will be moved into the Westborough High School, according to Borglund. More information can be found at www.westboroughspringfestival. org.
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