Southborough Summer Nights to begin ninth year

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Southborough – Southborough Summer Nights will bring together an evening of entertainment and family fun. This year will mark the ninth anniversary of the locally funded event, which will be held Saturday, August 25, at the Neary School.

The event is now organized by the Southborough Recreation Department, which has contributed its resources through the years. The event continues to need volunteers and will maintain the Southborough Summer Nights volunteer group.

Doreen Ferguson is the director of Southborough Recreation Department.

“We are very excited to take over this community event and hope to continue its growth and success for years to come,” Ferguson said.

The event seems to get bigger and better every year. New attractions have been added for tweens and teenagers.

Southborough Summer Nights could not be possible without the support and commitment of sponsors. This event is entirely funded by their donations.

“Our local businesses have been incredibly generous, and many have already stepped up for this year's event,” Ferguson said.

The major event – the spectacular fireworks display – is being co-sponsored by Bill Depietri of Capitol Group Properties and the nonprofit organization Friends of Southborough Recreation.

Capitol Group has been Summer Nights” largest annual sponsor since its inception. The Friends of Southborough Recreation is co-sponsoring the fireworks for the fourth year.

There are several other local businesses that step up annually to help fund the amusements and entertainment, which are offered free of charge to residents. The obstacle course, moon walk, fire truck slide, pony rides, face painting, basketball shoot-out, popular bubble romp and new this year, rolling video arcade, would not be possible without the generous support of state? Rep. Carolyn C. Dykema, D-Holliston, State Sen. James Eldridge, D-Acton, Tomasso Trattoria, Southborough House of Pizza, Kindergroup, Middlesex Savings Bank, Long Cadillac Hummer Saab, along with newcomers Ken's Foods Inc. and Greenwood Industries.

Sponsors are still needed for other attractions and especially for the band – “The Infractions,” a Massachusetts band that has become a staple of Summer Nights. Those interested in sponsoring an attraction and the band can contact the Recreation Department.

Support from the community is not limited to monetary donations. An event this large requires a commitment from the town as a whole. The group relies heavily on the assistance of the police, fire, Emergency Management and Public Works departments.

All interested sponsors, advertisers, booth and food vendors can download applications from the Southborough Recreation Department site.