Applefest seeks grand marshal nominations


Applefest seeks grand marshal nominations
The Northborough Historical Society drives its float in the Applefest parade in 2022. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

NORTHBOROUGH – The Applefest Committee is seeking nominations for the next grand marshal.

The 2024 Applefest Weekend will be Sept. 19 to 22. According to committee Chair Michelle Gillespie, grand marshal nominees should be someone who “epitomizes the spirit of giving back to our community and is required to exhibit an ongoing effort of service to our community.” 

Nominees should be someone who lives in Northborough and/or is a business owner in town.

The 2023 Applefest grand marshal was Ernie Sawyer owner of Sawyer’s Bowladrome.   

The Applefest Committee wrote that “Ernie epitomizes the spirit of giving back to our community.” Sawyer has lived in town for the past 93 years, in 1953 they opened Sawyers Bowladrome and 70 years later he still works there. It was noted in several nomination letters that he helped so many residents and families throughout the years. He has been a great supporter of Applefest, Northborough’s business community and many other programs in town, working with residents, the schools and Senior Center.  

Additionally, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sawyer made sure the Bowladrome stayed open as a place where families and residents could visit each other and stay active.

To nominate a grand marshal, submit a nomination letter. Letters should be less than 250 words and explain how the nominee meets the criteria. Nominators are encouraged to provide specific examples in their letters.

Nominations are due by July 30.  They can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Applefest Committee, P.O. Box 216, Northborough, MA 01532.

For more information on Applefest Weekend visit our website at or follow us on Facebook at NorthboroughApplefest.

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