Applefest Parade and Street Fair plans being finalized


By Liz Nolan, Contributing Writer

Each year, the Rotary Club of Northborough oversees and participates in the popular Street Fair./ File photo
Each year, the Rotary Club of Northborough oversees and participates in the popular Street Fair./ File photo

Northborough – Two fun traditions and highly anticipated events of the annual Applefest weekend are the parade and the street fair. This year’s plans for both will not disappoint during the 28th fall festival being held Thursday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 16.

The Northborough Rotary Club is preparing for the Street Fair on Blake Street, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (rain date is Sunday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

The Rotary Club strives to produce a balanced fair each year.

“Many of our vendors are returning this year,” said Northborough Rotary Club President Pat Doyle. “Some have been vendors for over 20 years. There is already a mix of crafters from stained glass to wooden treasures, informational booths from political parties to local newspapers, commercial vendors from windows to clothing, and town committees from trails to the Friends of the Senior Center.”

No will go hungry either with many options for food including friend dough, French fries, pizza and kettle corn. Chick-fil-A and their mascot will be there as well as Red Hot Tavern restaurant.

A group of exercise and martial arts exhibitors, in addition to dance studios and chiropractors will be present.

“We will also be showcasing our District Grant Project,” said Doyle. “The project will provide weekend backpack meals for local school children who might be facing two days of hunger.”

More information on this project and how the community can help will be available at the Northborough Rotary Club’s booth.

Doyle said there is always room for one more vendor. She can be contacted at

On Sunday, Sept. 16, the parade will kick off at 2 p.m. from Lincoln Street, head down Main Street and end at School Street by the Northborough Historical Society. Grand Marshal Roger Leland will lead the parade.

Over 70 registrants are scheduled to march. In addition to the Dixieland Band, Soular Jazz Band and Algonquin Regional High School, spectators should be on the lookout for the Shriner’s Mini-Haulers, Irish dancers, political candidates, town officials, businesses, organizations and school representatives.

An Applefest tradition, kids should be ready to catch candy that will be tossed out to them by parade participants.

All Applefest events and activities can be found at