Submitted by the Rotary Club of Westborough.
Club president and event chair Shelby Marshall’s enthusiasm for this event is evident.
“I love the Spring Festival! It comes at a great time of year. The days are longer and warmer, school is still in session and the community is emerging from a long winter, eager to reconnect with each other and to celebrate!” she said. “This year we moved the event to Sunday avoiding school sports and other activities with the goal of making the events more accessible for everyone.”
The day will include a variety of events for every age and interest – a local business fair; food trucks; live music with Southbound Train, sponsored by the Westborough Recreation Department; musical performances by a variety of local talent, including Luanne Crosby and Lyssa Coulter; a classic car show, supported by NAPA Auto and held at the nearby CrossFit/Arturo’s plaza; a kids carnival hosted by Westborough High School students; the always popular Roaming Railroad; and a beer tent, sponsored by Cold Harbor. There’s even something for “Fido” – a doggie dash (at 10 a.m.); children’s activities, a spa and an amateur dog show.
“The Rotary Club hosts this event to give back to the community that supports our activities,” Marshall said.
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and act to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Rotary members believe we have a shared responsibility to act on our world’s most persistent issues and work together to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, save mothers and children, support education and grow local economies.
“We’ll be displaying some ShelterBoxes as a way to help the community understand some of what Rotary does,” Marshall said. “Each ShelterBox typically contains a tent designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, water purification kit, blankets, tools, and other necessities. The contents of a ShelterBox are tailored to the nature and location of the disaster. ShelterBoxes have been used to help in New Orleans, New York and New Jersey, after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and throughout the world in places like Syria and Ecuador.”
The Rotary Club of Westborough may be best known for its high school scholarships, but it contributes to the town in many other ways throughout the year. The club played a key role in supporting The Boros, working in partnership with the Westborough School Department. The club participates in the Fourth of July Block Party, plays a key role in lighting the downtown and rotary, supports the Holiday Store hosted by Westborough Youth & Family Services and recently sponsored a luncheon for 120 veterans.
For more information about the Rotary Club of Westborough go to www.westboroughrotary.org.