Family fun returns to Ward Park in Marlborough


Family fun returns to Ward Park in Marlborough
The kids really enjoyed the blasts of foam provided by the NE Foam Factory during the Family Fun Festival on Sunday, May 7, at Ward Park. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

MARLBOROUGH – A great family tradition has been revived.

The Family Fun Festival returned to Ward Park on Sunday, May 7, on a sea of foam and plenty of activities for all ages.

According to Paul Ferro, senior warden for the United Brethren Lodge AF&AM, the festival started in the 1980s then eventually moved to Navin Park.

“It’s a call back to the original festival … a community event,” he said.

The Masonic lodge was one of several sponsors of the event, along with the local Lions, Rotary, Eagles and the Greater Marlborough Junior Woman’s clubs.

“It’s a beautiful day. It couldn’t be better,” said Eric Asman, a member of the Marlborough Rotary Club.

More than two dozen community groups offered games, information and concessions. For example, the Marlborough Lions Club hosted two children’s games, including a plunger toss (think darts, but with something bigger). The Marlborough Historical Society showed off several artifacts, including a manual typewriter and a movie camera.

The Marlborough Public Library Foundation presented information on its new “Be a Library Champion” campaign to raise funds for furniture and technology. The foundation is seeking 1,000 donors to give $1,000 each. For details, visit

The Boy Scouts handed out information about the all-you-can-eat BBQ to benefit local troops on Sunday, May 21, at Jacobs Hall, Masonic Building. For details, visit

Several local bands, including Color Killer, Flashback and Jack Brzenk, performed.

There was also face painting, spin art, basketball and football clinics, and, of course, the New England Foam Factory.

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