Southborough celebrates its 46th annual Heritage Day

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A couple of cousins – Wesley Braswell, 2-1/2, and Grayson Kramer, 3-1/2 – view jack-o-lanterns at the Southborough Rotary Club’s Pumpkin Stroll.

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Southborough – Columbus Day is always a particularly special occasion in Southborough. On an unseasonably warm Oct. 14, the center of town bustled with activities for Southborough Recreation’s 46th annual Heritage Day. Over 100 jack-o-lanterns were displayed along Common Street from the previous evening when Southborough Rotary Club presented its 21st annual Pumpkin Stroll.

A caravan of Southborough fire trucks led the parade, followed by town and state officials, military veterans, Scout troops, youth sports teams and community organizations. Music was provided by the marching bands from Algonquin Regional High and Trottier Middle schools. The parade concluded with town police cruisers.

Festivities continued at St. Mark’s School field with vendors, refreshments, inflatable amusements, a photo booth, and representatives from nonprofit organizations and businesses. A kids’ soccer challenge was sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 119. Boy Scout Troop 92 offered the popular pie-eating contest.

Nearby, Friends of the Southborough Library held its annual book and bake sale fundraiser. SkyRise Theater performed at St. Mark’s Parish Hall. New this year, the Southborough Historical Society hosted a Fabulous Fancy Flea at Pilgrim Church, while the Southborough Cultural Arts Council introduced a crafts fair with live musical entertainment at the Community House.

Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Gary Kelley and Sue Gordon represent RE/MAX Executive Realty at the Southborough Heritage Day celebration.
Algonquin Regional High School Marching Band saxophonists bring music to the parade route.
Mary Tinti and daughter Maisie Rhys, 3, travel the parade route with Friends of the Southborough Library.
Shoppers of all ages browse the book sale offered by Friends of the Southborough Library.
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School freshman Sean Donfield gobbles toward winning the pie-eating contest.
Nine-year-old friends Maggie Xu and Evelyn Cage pose together in a photo booth with fun hats and props.