Marlborough – Umbrellas were a popular accessory at the 17th annual Marlborough Heritage Festival, held downtown on a damp Sept. 30. Many vendors and nonprofit organizations came prepared with coverings for their booths.
New this year, the festival's popular culinary contest added an ingredient and became the Chowder & Chili Fest. Several local eateries competed. The Buffet Way was voted best chili by both the panel of judges and hundreds of festival-goers. Welly's Restaurant was picked best chowder by both the judges and peoples choice.
Named this year's Heritage Hero was Joan Abshire, a member of the Marlborough Historical Society for 20 years.
The five-hour event is presented by the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce and the city of Marlborough, with support from corporate sponsors.
(Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.)