By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
SOUTHBOROUGH – Columbus Day is a particularly special occasion in Southborough. That’s when fans of parades and pumpkins gather with supporters of local artisans, community organizations and businesses.
After last year’s hiatus due to pandemic restrictions, the downtown once again bustled with activities Oct. 11 for Southborough Recreation’s 47th Heritage Day.
Over 100 decorated jack-o-lanterns were displayed along Common Street from the previous evening when Southborough Rotary Club presented its 22nd Pumpkin Stroll.
Police Chief Kenneth Paulhus led the parade with a color guard consisting of the town’s military veterans. Following them were elected officials, Scout troops and community organizations. The parade concluded with a caravan of town trucks.
Festivities continued at St. Mark’s School field. There, festivalgoers browsed among vendors including artisans, nonprofit organizations and businesses as well as food and dessert booths and trucks.
The Knights of Columbus Council 119 sponsored a kids’ soccer challenge. Meanwhile, Boy Scout Troop 1 provided a rope bridge.
Nearby, the Friends of the Southborough Library held the return of its annual book and bake sale fundraiser.
Participants’ health and safety needs were overseen by the Southborough Community Emergency Response Team and Medical Reserve Corp.