Westborough – After a long, cold winter, the Westborough Rotary Club would like to invite residents to come and celebrate the start of a new season with a wonderful tradition – the Ninth Annual Westborough Spring Festival. The two day event will be held the weekend of April 30 – May 1.
“We have 24 events, have partnered with 11 organizations, and will be holding events at seven locations,” Carol Burtt Borglund, the event's chairperson said. “Our goal was to incorporate as much of the town as possible and showcase it.”
“One of the main changes this year is that we will be holding many of the events at the Bay State (Commons) Green, instead of Westborough High School (WHS),” she said. “There will also be a “Sidewalk Stroll & Sales” on Saturday with many of the merchants on South and Main Streets participating.”
Throughout the weekend, a number of organizations and local businesses will have booths and exhibits set up throughout the Bay State Green area.
Notable Saturday events include: a Music Festival featuring local high school students; a Spring Carnival run by WHS students; a Dog Show; and the “Olde Fashioned County Style” 4th Annual Bake-Off Contest.
No one should go hungry that day as food will be available for purchase from the Rotary Grill, as well as at the Annual Food Festival (which will feature goodies from local restaurants). The Lion's Club Annual Italian Dinner will be held later that night from 5 -7 p.m.
Sunday promises to be just as busy with the day starting off with a “May Day Muffin Morning” to be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
“We decided to do this instead of the breakfast that was held previously at the high school, but not to worry; the food (this year) will be just as delicious!” Burtt Borglund stressed. “People will also have the opportunity to make May Baskets, which will then be delivered to folks who receive Meals on Wheels.”
The Westborough Historical Society will be offering “Historic Bus Tours” on Sunday. A $5 advance registration is required and should be mailed to the Society ahead of time. Automobile aficionados will want to check out the Old Time Truck Show, the Central MASS Drag Race Car Show and the Town Vehicle Fair, all which will be held on Sunday at 45 East Main St.
Other events on Sunday include a Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Westborough Public Library, and many tents sales, all to be held at the Bay State Green. Booklets with complete information and times on each event are now available in different spots throughout the town to help residents make their plans.
“Our sponsors are truly helping to put on the event in manpower and funds,” Burtt Borglund said. ” Not only are many of them financial sponsors, but the in-kind and partnerships with them are phenomenal this year.”
Sponsors include Roche Brothers ( Grand), Avidia Bank (Major), Ball Financial (Platinum), Doubletree Hotel and Westborough Tennis & Swim Club (Gold Standard) and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and Curry Printing (Gold Plus).
Residents should go to the website www.westboroughrotary.org frequently, Burtt Borglund said, as new information on the weekend's festivities was being added daily. The group has a Facebook page for the event as well.
The Rotary Club uses funds raised from its events to help support local and international organizations including the Boy Scouts, Council on Aging, Westborough Food Pantry, and many more. They also provide monetary assistance for international projects such as PolioPlus and the Rotary International Shelter Box in Haiti.
The Rotary Club of Westborough meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at the Chateau restaurant, located on Route 9 in Westborough.