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 https://www.marlborough-ma.gov/champions
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 https://scout-all-you-can-eat-bbq.square.site.
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.