Evening BBQ, concert, fireworks return to Northborough’s Applefest


By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Sean Durkin and John Farrell of Challenger Sports prepare Applefest BBQ orders.
Sean Durkin and John Farrell of Challenger Sports prepare barbecue orders. (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

NORTHBOROUGH – After a two-year hiatus, an evening celebration featuring a barbecue, concert, fireworks and other activities returned Sept. 18 to Northborough’s 31st annual Applefest. Festivities took place at the Algonquin Regional High School athletic fields.

This Applefest event was canceled in 2019 and 2020 due to EEE risk and pandemic restrictions, respectively.

Once again manning this year’s barbecue were members of two Northborough organizations: Knights of Columbus St. Augustine Council 5724 and Challenger Sports. Pizza was available from the Applefest Committee.

Providing live music was the band known as Hit the Bus with lead vocalist David Garden. He’s a Southborough native now residing in Shrewsbury and a 1997 Algonquin alum.

The Algonquin’s Robotics Team entertained and educated attendees of all ages with interactive demonstrations. Meanwhile, Algonquin’s National Honor Society members oversaw inflatable amusements and a cotton candy booth.

Boy Scout Troop 1 challenged young attendees to balance themselves on a monkey bridge of tied rope pieces.

A number of community organizations and businesses made other activities available. Pony rides were a popular offering.

The evening concluded with a fireworks display.





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