By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Westborough – As part of the landmark year of celebrations, the Rotary Club of Westborough combined its 15th annual Westborough Spring Festival (WSF) with the Westborough 300th Anniversary Committee’s Family Fun Day. Numerous residents and guests enjoyed a full day of family-friendly activities June 10 at Chauncy Fields. Also, MassWildlife hosted an open house and gave fishing lessons at Sandra Pond.
The day began with about 150 runners and walkers participating in the 15th annual WSF 5K Road Race. Traditionally, the race begins and ends at Westborough High School (WHS). This year’s running course was the same as the Westborough Triathlon of years past. Still, WHS was well-represented at this year’s 5K. WHS 2012 alum Brendan Robertson finished first overall in 17:13. First-place female was WHS 2007 alum K.T. Rich, finishing in 20:57.
Longtime favorite activities returned including the music festival hosted by David Kaiser, a Rotarian and assistant vice president of retail services at Central One Federal Credit Union. Performing first was singer and songwriter Luanne Crosby of Westborough, marking her sixth year at WSF. Her set included the song she composed as a 300th birthday gift to Westborough, “The 100th Town.”
Other returning highlights were the kids’ carnival organized by WHS Student Council; dog agility demonstrations, amateur show and spa; as well as antique and military vehicles. New this year were food trucks, circa-1717 lawn games, a Massachusetts State Police K9 demonstration, a World War II encampment, and vendors including artisans, businesses and nonprofit community organizations. The Westborough 300th Anniversary Committee sold mementos including a bumper sticker proclaiming, “I survived the Westborough Rotary!”
Evening musical entertainment began with the Hundredth Town Chorus leading a sing-along of “Happy Birthday” to Westborough. Young performers of SkyRise Theater previewed numbers from their production of “The Music Man.” SNG Band provided dance music before a fireworks finale.
Photos except where noted/Ed Karvoski Jr.