Westborough Rotarians treat families to fall fest

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By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Gary Kelley is joined on the bandstand by his granddaughter Zoe, celebrating her second birthday, and his daughter-in-law April Kelley. Festival-goers sang “Happy Birthday” to Zoe. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Gary Kelley is joined on the bandstand by his granddaughter Zoe, celebrating her second birthday, and his daughter-in-law April Kelley. Festival-goers sang “Happy Birthday” to Zoe.
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Westborough – The Rotary Club of Westborough presented its first Family Fall Festival the weekend of Oct. 13 and 14 after their 16th annual Spring Festival got postponed in May due to a severe weather forecast.

On Oct. 13, light rain showers ultimately cleared during a full day of family-friendly activities at Bay State Green. Festival-goers browsed booths of vendors, nonprofit organizations and businesses. Appetites were satisfied by the Rotary Grill, local eateries and food trucks. A roaming railroad traveled the grounds.

Gary Kelley emceed on the bandstand with musical entertainment performed by the seven-piece band Southbound Train, sponsored by Westborough Recreation; country-pop singer Lyssa Coulter, honored as 2018’s New Act of the Year at the New England Music Awards; and students of Patrice Peris Voice Studio.

Children were given free bicycle helmets donated by Breakstone, White & Gluck, a Boston law firm. Helmets were fitted by members of the Westborough Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Paul McGrath hosted an amateur dog show with trophies awarded for smallest; largest; softest; “most” categories including disobedient, fashionable and owner lookalike; and “best” categories including ears, kisser, trick, and wiggly butt. Serving as judges were students from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton. Proceeds from entry fees go to the Travis Fund, which helps cover medical expenses for animals in need.

On Oct. 14, a classic car show supported by NAPA Auto Parts took place at the parking lot of Arturo’s Ristorante.

Major festival sponsors were BJ’s and Central One Federal Credit Union. For information about the Rotary Club of Westborough, visit westboroughrotary.org and facebook.com/westboroughrotary.

Country-pop singer Lyssa Coulter entertains on the bandstand. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Country-pop singer Lyssa Coulter entertains on the bandstand.
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Amelia Kocou, 6, views the mirror reflection of her painted face. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Amelia Kocou, 6, views the mirror reflection of her painted face.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
The Wang siblings – Lucas, 7, and Linda, 10 – play with a ball and ramp at the booth of Miss Tanya's Family of Nursery Schools. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
The Wang siblings – Lucas, 7, and Linda, 10 – play with a ball and ramp at the booth of Miss Tanya’s Family of Nursery Schools.
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Allison Purcell, 6, gets fitted for a bicycle helmet by Nancy Siegal of the Westborough Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Allison Purcell, 6, gets fitted for a bicycle helmet by Nancy Siegal of the Westborough Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
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Dhyan Shenoy, 9, views the arrow he shot as it hits a target at Westborough Lions Club’s booth with a Robin Hood theme. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Dhyan Shenoy, 9, views the arrow he shot as it hits a target at Westborough Lions Club’s booth with a Robin Hood theme.
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Hayden Rivera, a 14-year-old student of the Patrice Peris Vocal Studio, sings the song “Let It Go” on the bandstand. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Hayden Rivera, a 14-year-old student of the Patrice Peris Vocal Studio, sings the song “Let It Go” on the bandstand.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
A dog show judge checks contestants vying in the smallest category. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
A dog show judge checks contestants vying in the smallest category.
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Alyssa DiGiovanni holds the Best Ears trophy won by her dog Rudy. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Alyssa DiGiovanni holds the Best Ears trophy won by her dog Rudy.
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Gwen Raczkowski, 7, poses her dog Sadie with trophies won for Most Fashionable and Best Wiggly Butt. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Gwen Raczkowski, 7, poses her dog Sadie with trophies won for Most Fashionable and Best Wiggly Butt.
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Malachu Kocou, 8, and Joseph Derderian, 10, of Cub Scout Pack 100, and Elijah Kocou 12, of Boy Scout Troop 100, take turns playing keyboard at the booth of New England Music Academy. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Malachu Kocou, 8, and Joseph Derderian, 10, of Cub Scout Pack 100, and Elijah Kocou 12, of Boy Scout Troop 100, take turns playing keyboard at the booth of New England Music Academy.
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