Heritage Day fun on the field: Inflatables, food trucks, and booths worth checking out

by beth on October 10, 2019

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Above: Free fun and food-fueled fundraisers are two of the activities you can find on the field every year at Heritage Day. (images L-R by Beth Melo and cropped from Southborough Rotary Club’s Facebook page)

On Monday, St. Mark’s field at the corner of Routes 85& 30 will serve as the hub of Heritage Day activities. This year it will be lined with about 80 tents/booths. While many of them will be selling food or wares, there will also be plenty of free fun.

Most activities on the field will run from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Here are some of the free highlights:

  • Thanks to event sponsors, Southborough Recreation is bringing in inflatables – a Moon Bounce house and Obstacle Course.
  • Tweens/teens too old for those may still enjoy the popular photo booth.
  • The Knights of Columbus is holding its free annual Soccer Challenge on the field from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. (Click here for those details.)
  • The Pie Eating Contest run by Boy Scout Troop 92 is open to all – though you need to sign up by 11:30 am for the contest at noon. (It’s also free to cheer the contestants on.)

Many booths on the field are will be used by local vendors to sell wares like toys, clothing, home goods, crafts, and health products. Even if you aren’t looking to shop, you’ll want to bring your wallets, because there is too much food on the field to resist.

This year’s food booths and trucks include:

  • Chili & hot dogs sold by Southborough Firefighters Association
  • Dominoe’s pizza sold by Southborough Rotary Club
  • DL’s Fresh Squeeze
  • Southborough House of Pizza
  • Tastee Freeze
  • Trombetta’s Farm creamery truck
  • Yummy Mummy Brownies

Heritage Day Girl Scout booth (photo by Joao Melo)Among the tents on the field, seven belong to Girl Scout troops and five are being used by the town’s two Boy Scout troops. You can expect some of those to be selling treats as well. (For instance, s’mores lovers can buy some from Boy Scout Troop 1 or s’mores-on-a-stick from Girl Scout Troop 89255.)

Most tents will are used by organizations promoting themselves. To entice attendees to stop by, many businesses hand out tchotchkes or candy or offer free hands on activities. Some will look to draw you in with prizes.

At a past Heritage Day, our state Senator and Representative posed with one of the many community organizations looking to raise awareness through its tent (from Facebook)The tents are also popular with community organizations to raise awareness of their missions or issues they are concerned about. Some you can expect to see are: Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Southborough Democratic Committee, Southborough Economic Development Committee, Southborough Gardeners, Southborough Master Plan Committee, Southborough Open Land Foundation, Southborough Open Space Preservation, and Southborough Trails Committee.

*Updated (10/10/19 10:41 am): As promised, I updated the details on the timing of the pie eating contest.

While I’m at it, I’ll also update information on what not to expect this year.

  • The Fire Department will not hold its usual Open House this year. That will be combined with the ribbon cutting ceremony and tours at the new public safety building on October 26th.
  • The Algonquin Robotics program doesn’t appear to be planning a demonstration. (Apparently, 2016 was the last year that they participated. Still, we can appreciate that they have continued to hold demos at Summer Nights.)

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1 Brian Shea October 11, 2019 at 2:57 PM

Don’t forget to save some time this weekend to play golf at Southborough Golf Club, $5 a round with donations accepted for ALS ONE. Come check out the recently completed improvements to holes #1 and #9 – they won’t be ready for play yet, but you’ll get to see the work that has been done . Hopefully the rain will clear out early on Saturday – Sunday and Monday look great for fall golf!

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