Northborough – The 25th annual Northborough Applefest celebration, to be held the weekend of Sept. 18-20, promises to be bigger and better than ever with events for the whole family. The annual street fair, a new farmers’ market, the beloved parade, fireworks and much more are all in the final stages of being planned. This year’s festival is sponsored by Lowes Variety and Meat Shop, Inc., and St. Mary’s Credit Union, with the support of nearly every community group and organization.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 18
Festivities kick off on Friday with the Applefest Dessert Bake-off from 11 a.m. to noon at the Northborough Senior Center. Apples will be the main ingredient as residents compete to make the winning creation. Winners will be announced at the Applefest Luncheon beginning at noon at the center.
The Northborough Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization will sponsor the children’s event featuring a magic show at the Robert E. Melican Middle School gym at 6 p.m.
A new event this year is the Gala organized by Northboro Local First (NLF) and Northborough Education Foundation (NEF). The gala will include a night of cocktails and dancing under the stars to be held at Juniper Hills Golf Course Pavilion from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available to guests. Live music will be provided by Jack’s Garage Band led by Jack Shanahan of Jack’s Guitar Garage in Northborough. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased online at www.ApplefestGala.eventbrite.com or in person with cash or check made payable to NEF at Beezer’s (277 Main St.) or LalaJava (290 W. Main St.). Cocktail attire is requested and a silent auction will be held. All proceeds from the event will benefit NEF.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 19
The day starts with the Applefest 5K Road Race sponsored by the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce at the Marion E. Zeh Elementary School. (See story on page ).
The Street Fair returns to its downtown location this year. The fair, organized by the Rotary Club of Northborough, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Blake Street and will feature food carts, vendors and civic groups.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Trinity Church will host a craft fair featuring unique handmade items, a roaming train, and the Apple Pie Café organized by the Northborough Junior Women’s Club. The café sells homemade apple pie, apple crisps, ice cream and refreshments.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friends of the Northborough Free Library will hold the Sidewalk Book Sale on the lawn of the library. In case of rain, the sale will move inside.
The annual parade will begin at a new location this year, Melican Middle School, beginning at 12 p.m. The route will start at Lincoln Street, follow down Main Street (Route 20) through the downtown area and end at the Northborough Historical Building on School Street. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 20.
To participate in the parade, download the registration form online and submit it by Sunday, Sept. 6.
The parade grand marshals this year are Town Moderator Frederick George and his wife, Virginia Simms George.
There will also be a new event this year – a farmer’s market from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS).
The Northborough Historical Society will hold numerous events from 12 to 3 p.m., including a cookie walk, luncheon, games and crafts, historical displays, and “Art in Bloom” – art show and flower arrangements by the Northborough Art Guild and Garden Club. Events will also continue on Sunday with an ice cream social.
From 4 to 6 p.m., Vincent F. Picard American Legion Post 234 will sponsor the Applefest Chicken Barbecue at the post on West Main Street. Tickets are on sale at the American Legion Hall.
To wrap up the day, there will be the concert, barbecue and fireworks at the ARHS athletic field starting at 5 p.m. Food is provided by the Knights of Columbus and Northborough Challenger League and moonwalks by the Algonquin Scholarship Committee. The evening will also feature a robotics show by the Algonquin Robotics Team, cotton candy, pony rides, games and more.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 20
Start the day bright and early with the Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 1.
Organizers are hoping for more than 100 participants in the Classic Car Show from 9 a.m. to noon at the Northborough Shopping Plaza on West Main Street.
To finish off the three-day celebration, “Taste of the Boroughs” will be held at Melican Middle School from 2 to 4 p.m. sponsored by the Applefest Committee. Tickets are $15 per person or $50 for a family of four. Tickets will be sold in advance by the committee or at the door.
The committee is still accepting donations to help make this year’s Applefest a success. To donate make checks payable to Applefest, Inc., and mail to: P.O. Box 216, Northborough, MA 01532.
For more information, specific locations and registration forms, visit www.northboroughapplefest.com