New and traditional events highlight weekend of fun as Northborough celebrates Applefest 2017

By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor

Applefest Parade Grand Marshal Gerry Bourque
photo/Jeff Slovin

Northborough – The town of Northborough’s residents as well as guests from near and far  attended a number of events Sept. 14-17 during the town’s annual Applefest celebration.

The events on Sept. 14 were geared to youngsters as the Girl Scouts hosted their annual family dinner. Later that evening a magic show was held at the Robert E. Melican Middle School featuring “The Stupendous Mr. Magichead”.

Seniors enjoyed a special luncheon on Friday at the Senior Center. Also at the center that day was the annual Applefest Bake-off.

New this year to the weekend was the first annual Farmers’ Market which was held Sept. 16 on the site of the future town common, with over several hundred people coming to shop for local fare, according to organizers.

One of the most popular events was the BBQ held later that night at Algonquin Regional High School. Guests enjoyed the music performed by local bands and games hosted by Algonquin students, before a grand fireworks display.

On Sunday, Sept. 17, thousands of people walked attended the Street Fair held on Blake Street, where nonprofit groups, organizations, vendors and local businesses had booths set up. The fair was once again organized by the Rotary Club of Northborough.

That afternoon civic groups, school children and parents, bands and others marched in the parade which traveled through the downtown. Gerard Bourque, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and life member of the Vincent F. Picard Post 234, the American Legion in Northborough, served as grand marshal.

Other groups participating throughout the weekend included the Junior Woman’s Club, the Friends of the Library, Northborough Garden Club, Historical Society Tour, American Legion, Boy Scouts, Fire Department, Trinity Church and a classic car show.

The weekend’s festivities concluded with a Taste of Northborough at the Melican School featuring food and drinks from some of the area’s finest dining establishments.

Michelle Gillespie, who once again chaired the Applefest Committee, said she and her fellow members “were thrilled at how the weekend turned out.”

“We had some really spectacular events,” she said. “We are really happy that so many groups and residents participated throughout the weekend.”


Video/Dakota Antelman

Skip Doyle, co-chair, Rotary Club of Northborough Street Fair
Photo/Dakota Antelman

Deanna Wong, New England Music Center
Photo/Dakota Antelman

Northborough Cultural Council
Photo/Dakota Antelman

The Northborough Trails Committee at the Street Fair
Photo/Dakota Antelman

(l to r) Applefest Chair Michelle Gillespie, Dawn Bourque and Grand Marshal Gerard Bourque.
Photo/Melanie Petrucci

Nick Soughley (left) and Tyler Frick play corn hole.
Photo/Melanie Petrucci

Outgoing NEF President Marile Borden (left) and incoming President Maggie McGinty
Photo/Melanie Petrucci

Kirsten Forbush (left) and incoming NEF President Maggie McGinty at the NEF Gala. Photo/Melanie Petrucci

(l to r) Partygoers David Schultz, Lori Schultz, Joy Cayer and Jeff Cayer at the NEF Gala
Photo/Melanie Petrucci

Applefest weekend

Applefest fireworks
photo/Jeff Slovin

Children pilot robots during a demonstration by the Algonquin Regional High School Team 1100 robotics team.
Photo/Jeff Slovin

Members of Northborough’s Knights of Columbus St. Augustine Council 5724 prepare cheeseburgers during the Applefest BBQ and fireworks.
Photo/Jeff Slovin

“Tsunami of Sound” provides live music during the Applefest BBQ and fireworks.
photo/Jeff Slovin

Roger Fuller poses with his 1989 East German Sachsenring Trabant, the only Trabant in Massachusetts and one of about 200 in the US.

Jason Sparling displays a replica Challenger inside the engine compartment of the real thing.
Photo/Jeff Slovin

Jim Mikolajczak’s 1959 Dodge at the Applefest Car Show. Photo/Jeff Slovin

Two Junior T-Hawk Cheerleaders pass out candy during the parade.
photo/Jeff Slovin

The Color Guard from the Vincent F. Picard American Legion Post 234
photo/Jeff Slovin

Children scramble for candy thrown from the floats and marchers during the Northborough Applefest Parade
photo/Jeff Slovin

A robot from team Algonquin Regional High School Team 1100 is escorted along the parade route.
Photo/Jeff Slovin

Antique Northborough fire truck at the Applefest parade photo/submitted

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