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Community flocks to 28th annual Hudson Fest

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Emma Dziokonski is pleased that the Splash Pad opened.

Emma Dziokonski is pleased that the Splash Pad opened.

Hudson – A preview of pleasant summer weather June 7 helped the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce draw lots of visitors to its 28th annual Hudson Community Fest on South Street and nearby downtown locations. Festivities included live entertainment at the Cellucci Park gazebo and the Avidia Stage, vendors, refreshments and nonprofit organization info booths. Kids were happy that it was opening day of the Splash Pad.

The Highland City Striders began the festival with over 320 runners and walkers in the Spirit of Hudson 6K Race and 1.5-Mile Walk to benefit the Hudson-Concord Elks Scholarship Fund. Placing first overall was Jacob LeBlanc of Hudson in 20:28. First-place female was Amanda Wright of Acton in 23:25. Afterward, children ages 2 to 6 ran the approximately 26.2-yard Mighty Marathon.

Concurrently, the Hudson Rotary Club held its 24rd annual Lucky Duck Race, selling a record-breaking 2,952 tickets to support its scholarship fund and community projects. Hudson residents Ray Leger won $1,500 and Heidi Curran received $1,000. Three more winners got cash prizes totaling $700.

Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.

 

Molly Dailey and her daughter, Emma, 5, clap along with songs led by Mister Vic.

Molly Dailey and her daughter, Emma, 5, clap along with songs led by Mister Vic.

 

 

Members of the Workingman’s Band perform a Woodstock 45th-anniversary tribute at the Avidia Stage, sponsored by Avidia Bank.

Members of the Workingman’s Band perform a Woodstock 45th-anniversary tribute at the Avidia Stage, sponsored by Avidia Bank.

U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-3rd District, meets constituents at the booth of the Hudson Democratic Town Committee.

Gaby Tavares, 9, enjoys the Splash Pad.

Gaby Tavares, 9, enjoys the Splash Pad.

Gabriel Shulman, 2, tries his hand at the violin.

Gabriel Shulman, 2, tries his hand at the violin.

Evelyn DeLand, 4, plays in the Splash Pad.

Evelyn DeLand, 4, plays in the Splash Pad.

Runners in the Highland City Striders’ Spirit of Hudson 6K Race leave South Street.

Runners in the Highland City Striders’ Spirit of Hudson 6K Race leave South Street.

Matt Rimkus sings “Ya Got Trouble,” previewing the River’s Edge Players production of “The Music Man.”

Matt Rimkus sings “Ya Got Trouble,” previewing the River’s Edge Players production of “The Music Man.”

 

Emma Aostinho, 4, twirls with colorful scarfs.

Emma Aostinho, 4, twirls with colorful scarfs.

Members of the Hudson Rotary Club dump 2,952 numbered rubber ducks from the Washington Street Bridge into the Assabet River. Ducks floated to the finish line at the Broad Street Bridge.

Members of the Hudson Rotary Club dump 2,952 numbered rubber ducks from the Washington Street Bridge into the Assabet River. Ducks floated to the finish line at the Broad Street Bridge.

Rotarians retrieve the first-place duck, which won $1,500 for Ray Leger of Hudson.

Rotarians retrieve the first-place duck, which won $1,500 for Ray Leger of Hudson.

Travis Rickman, almost 2, maneuvers an ice cream cone bubbler in one hand and a balloon in the other.

Travis Rickman, almost 2, maneuvers an ice cream cone bubbler in one hand and a balloon in the other.

Kids in the 3-year-old division run the Mighty Marathon.

Kids in the 3-year-old division run the Mighty Marathon.

Five-year-old kids race in the Mighty Marathon.

Five-year-old kids race in the Mighty Marathon.

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