Submitted by Westborough Spring Festival Committee
Westborough –Organizers are busy putting the final touches on the preparations for the 13th annual Westborough Spring Festival, which will be held Friday, May 1, through Sunday, May 3.
The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westborough in conjunction with a number of civic groups, organizations, businesses and groups from WHS, including Honor Society, Interact and Student Government.
The weekend will start with “Red, White & Brew”, Friday evening, 7-10 p.m. at the Grille at Westborough Country Club, 121 West Main St. The event is a fundraiser to benefit local veterans through the charitable actions of the Rotary Club. Guests will enjoy live music and games of skill and chance while enjoying beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased in advance, online at www.juliosliquors.com or at the Grille at Westborough Country Club, for $15. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Saturday morning, the Westborough Civic Club will once again be holding its popular Fishing Challenge at Minuteman Park from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The day’s other events will be held at Bay State Commons, 10 Union St. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. the Westborough High School (WHS) Student Council will host a spring carnival, featuring games for kids, bounce houses, face painting and snacks. The “roaming railroad”, which will take kids and their families for a ride around the perimeter of the festival area, will also be returning. While at the Commons guests are invited to stop by and visit with local businesses and organizations at Discover Westborough Expo.
The Westborough Food Expo will offer samples of cuisines from many of the town’s restaurants and shops. This event will be held from 1-3 p.m. and is $5 per person. Children under age 5 are free.
One of the most popular events of the weekend is the Music Fest which will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Bay State Commons Stage. Featured performers will include Megan Elsier, Tom Postosnak, the Worcester Jazz Collective, Luanne Crosby, the Indigo String Band and the Patrice Peris Studio.
Let the Westborough Lions Club cook dinner for you on Saturday! The Lions will host its annual Italian Dinner at WHS from 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and $5 for children 12 and under. (There is a $25 family cap.). Tickets can be purchased at the Lions Booth at the Commons on May 2, the Lions website or at the door.
Start your Sunday with the 13th annual Rotary 5K Road Race at WHS. The race will start at 9:00 a.m. At 10:30 a.m. kids will get their chance to have their own event in a special “dash” around the WHS track.
Back at Bay State Commons the event “goes to the dogs,” or at least a portion of it, with a doggie dash, dog spa, agility and obedience and amateur dog show from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Auto and military enthusiasts won’t want to miss the car and truck show held at 50 East Main Street from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. A wide variety of antique and new automobiles, as well as military and emergency vehicles will be on display. Enjoy these gems while a DJ spins tunes from the 50s and 60s. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
The Spring Festival is the Rotary’s largest fundraiser. Monies raised go towards scholarships for WHS seniors, the annual Holiday Store (coordinated with Westborough Youth and Family Services), the downtown holiday lights, support for fuel assistance and other local giving grants.
Gold Sponsors for the event include: Avidia Bank, Ball Financial Services Company, Central One Credit Union, Curry Printing, Roche Bros. Market, and Westboro Tennis & Swim Club.
The event chair is Bill Linnane. Shelby Marshall and Bette O’Reilly are event co-chairs.
“We hope to see all residents participate and enjoy this weekend of local fun and learning. There is something for all ages and for a variety of interests. Bring the entire family, friends, and enjoy this Westborough tradition!” said Linnane.
For more information and a full schedule of events, look for the Spring Festival Guide now available at local newsstands or go to www.westboroughrotary.org or its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/westboroughrotary.