Spirit of Shrewsbury Festival celebrates its 16th year

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Shrewsbury – This year marks the 16th Spirit of Shrewsbury Festival, with events to be held in September and October. The following events and activities are all free and open to the public:

The Cruisin” Car Show will be Saturday, Sept. 24 from 12 to 3 p.m., with music and food in front of the Town Hall. All cars are welcome.

The 6th Annual Scarecrow Contest and Display is sponsored by the Shrewsbury Garden Club. Shrewsbury residents and businesses are welcome to create a scarecrow to be displayed on the Common through Saturday, Oct. 15. Ribbons will be awarded in three age categories, as well as a family/business category and Best of Show. Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate in helping to make this the largest scarecrow display ever.

IAVC Hometown Gathering is hosted by the Italian American Victory Club. All Shrewsbury residents and their guests are cordially invited to attend. Complimentary appetizers will be served and a cash bar with very reasonable prices will be available. There will also be music and dancing.

The “Jack-O-Lantern” Display will be Friday, Sept. 30, between 7 and 8 p.m., in front of the library.

The Town Expo will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in front of the Oak Street Middle School. With over 100 exhibitors and thousands of visitors, the Town Expo is a celebration of local civic, educational and religious organizations and the business community. Music, food and entertainment for adults and children will be available. The Town Expo is still accepting applications from businesses and nonprofits.

The Spirit of Shrewsbury Craft Fair is one of the main attractions of the festival and will showcase over 70 crafters with unique, distinctive homemade items. This year, the event will take place Saturday, Oct. 1 inside the Oak Street Middle School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Food Festival will be Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will include over 30 local restaurants serving samples, as well as liquor stores serving beer and wine.

The Spirit of Shrewsbury Parade will also be Sunday, Oct. 2, starting off at 1 p.m. from the center of town to the Oak Street Middle School.

The Over-90 Tribute is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2. A special recognition of 90-year-old and older citizens, it includes refreshments, certificates and speakers. Senior citizens over the age of 90 will have special seating in front of the Town Hall to view the parade. All citizens 90 years old and up are invited.

For more information, contact Sabina Terrades, Spirit of Shrewsbury president, at 1-508-845-5032 or [email protected].