Northborough – Preparations for Applefest 2007, to be held at various locales throughout the town the weekend of Sept. 14 to 16, are in full swing.
The Board of Selectmen touched off the unofficial start of the festivities at its Aug. 20 meeting when it voted unanimously to approve the Sept. 15 closing of Blake Street for the annual Streetfair, always one of the most popular and successful components of Applefest weekend.
Blake Street will be closed to traffic beginning at 6 a.m. Sept. 15. In the event of rain that day, the Streetfair will be held Sunday Sept. 16.
"This is always one of the more pleasant requests we get each year," Selectman Leslie Rutan said. "It's such a great event. It seems like everyone in town comes out and participates in some aspect of Applefest."
Recreation Department Director Allie Dettorre, who also serves as Applefest director, said volunteer opportunities still exist at a number of events, including the Streetfair and the fireworks.
"At the Streetfair we need information booth volunteers," Dettorre said. "Those volunteers will provide directions and information about Applefest as well as hand out Applefest brochures."
Volunteers are needed for both information booth shifts – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
"At the fireworks, we need volunteers to sell glow sticks, work the concession stand and collect money from people wanting to attend the fireworks show," Dettorre said.
For the second straight year the fireworks show will be held at Algonquin Regional High School. Previously the fireworks display was at Ellsworth-McAfee Park.
"Having the fireworks show at the high school is definitely the way to go," Dettorre said. "It's easy to get to, there's plenty of room and, more importantly, plenty of parking."
Dettorre said concession stand volunteers need to meet at the high school at 5 p.m. and should plan to stay until the end of the show. Money collectors need to arrive by 5:30 p.m. and plan to stay until the start of the show, while sellers of glow sticks need to be at the high school at 6 p.m. and sell until the start of the show.
The Applefest parade will start at noon Sept. 15 at Lincoln Street Elementary School and travel down Lincoln Street to West Main Street (Route 20). The parade will continue east on West Main Street until it gets into downtown. Parade vehicles will disperse onto Hudson Street while parade marchers will disperse onto School Street. Dick Perron will once again serve as parade chair.
The 14th Annual Applefest 5K Road Race will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday Sept. 15, at the Zeh School, 33 Howard St. The race begins and ends at the Zeh School on Howard Street. (See related article on page 1 for more details.)
On Sunday Sept. 16, the Taste of Northborough will be held at Melican Middle School from 4 to 6 p.m. For $10, hungry Applefest celebrants can get 10 tastes from various local eateries, including Monti's Pizza, the Texas BBQ, Lil M's Mart, and Chef Du Jour. Proceeds will benefit the Northborough Food Pantry.
Last month Dettorre announced that husband and wife Jim and Gigi Casella, two of Northborough's better-known and very involved residents, will serve as Grand Marshals of the Applefest parade.
For more information about Applefest 2007, visit the town's Web site at www. town.northborough.ma.us.