By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Marlborough – The Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce expanded its 20th annual one-day Heritage Festival to become the first Heritage Weekend in the city’s downtown cultural district, rescheduled because of inclement weather to Oct. 23 to 25.
Families enjoyed a carnival Friday through Sunday on South Bolton Street between Granger Boulevard and Main Street. Cushing Amusements provided kiddie and thrill rides, games with prizes, and fun food.
Also new this year, an Oktoberfest was held Saturday atop the parking garage behind City Hall. Live bands entertained guests as they sampled German-style food prepared by the Epicurean Restaurant of Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School.
On Sunday, the traditional festivities began with the 11th annual Main Street Mile organized by the Highland City Striders. The one-mile route goes from the Prospector East Saloon on Lincoln Street to City Hall. Finishing first overall in 4:33 was Chris Kivier of Milford. Caitlyn Bintz of Marlborough was the first-place female finishing in 5:12. This year, 83 runners ranging in age from 3 to 61 participated.
Festivities continued on Main Street – as did intermittent drizzle – with live musical and dance entertainment, and 125 vendors and nonprofit organizations. The Marlborough Historical Society observed its 50th anniversary by displaying vintage photos. Children’s activities were offered by Marlborough Downtown Village.
Appetites were once again satisfied with the Chowder and Chili Challenge. Festival guests sampled offerings from nine eateries and voted for their favorites along with a panel of judges. Most votes for chowder went to Fish from the judges, and Kennedy’s Restaurant got the people’s choice. Deemed the best chili was Funky Murphy’s by both the judges and festival guests.
Named this year’s Heritage Hero was Pauline Smith for volunteering countless hours of community service. In addition to serving as public relations officer and first lieutenant with the Minuteman Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, Smith is active with the Marlborough Historical Society and the Marlborough-Hudson Relay for Life benefiting the American Cancer Society.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.