Heritage Day weekend – October 11-12, 2015: Everything you need to know

Above: The Town’s annual parade and festival are just one of this weekend’s highlights (ARHS band set the mood by performing “Good Time” last year)

This weekend is Southborough’s annual Town celebration for Heritage Day.

The main event is on Columbus Day with the fun beginning on Sunday. Here’s an updated post with everything you need.

The official schedule from the Town is here. But it doesn’t provide a lot of detail. (It also doesn’t include the Historical Museum event that was just announced.)

So, here are all the updated details and important links, rounded up for you.

Sunday, October 11, 2015:

(Photos left and center contributed, right cropped from image posted to Flickr by nschouterden)This year, Chestnut Hill Farm is kicking things off with a festival from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. It will include goat milking contests and pumpkin decorating to name a few activities. They are also still trying to recruit bakers for a pie making contest. (Click here for the updated, full details from this Thursday’s post.)

heritage day scarecrow contest (contributed photo)When you’re done there, head downtown to drop off your decorations from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

If you’ve rigged up something good for the Scarecrow Contest for this year’s contest, trot it over to the Community House to enter. (Click here to learn more.)

2014 Light Up SouthboroughFor Light Up Southborough, drop off your jack ‘o lanterns on the “pumpkin wall” along Common Street. (The display starts by the library and proceeds past the cemetary to the top of the hill then around the corner onto St. Mark’s Street.)

After dark, come back to see the pumpkin wall in its full glory. (Click here to see this week’s post.)

Friends of the Library Bake Sale (good for morning goodies and afternoon treats!)Monday, October 12, 2015:

The Southborough Library opens its Book and Bake Sale at 9:00 am, while across the street on St. Mark’s field, exhibitors are still setting up their booths. Swing by the library for an early morning treat – like a slice of pumpkin bread.  Take advantage of book sale offers like “One free book per child” and stuff-a-bag deals. (For more on the sale, click here.)
The main action is on St. Mark's field
At 9:30 am, the booths open. (Click here for my post on community outreach and fundraisers on the exhibit field. Click here for my details on exhibitors offering free fun activities or prizes and exhibiting vendors worth looking out for).

2014 Heritage Day Parade Also at 9:30 am, community organizations and kids begin convening at St. Anne’s to organize for the Town’s big annual parade. The Parade march begins at 10:00 am and heads from Boston Road to East Main Street, turning the corner around St. Mark’s field.

Parade watchers will include the Scarecrows on display through 2:00 pm.

Action on the field will get busy around 10:30 am, with free entertainment:

  • Inflatable obstacle courseInflatable Obstacle Course
  • Moonwalk (provided by Middlesex Savings Bank)
  • DJ (provided by Boy Scout Troop 1)
  • Photo Booth provided by Coldwell Banker Real Estate

Fun with roboticsAround 10:45 the ARHS Robotics Team will give hands on demonstrations of some of their robots in the Community House Parking Lot. (Click here for details.)

At 11:00 am, the Fire Station holds its Open House until 2:00 pm.

Fire Station Open House(This is always with the warning that they could be called away for an emergency. But that hasn’t been a problem yet.)

Also at 11:00 am, Southborough Historical Museum is open until 3:00 pm with a special Friends of the Burnett House event. (Click here for details.)

Pie eating contestThe pie eating contest is at noon. This year it’s being held at the Boy Scout Troop 92 Booth.

The annual contest pits kids against each other to see who can be the piggiest eater. (It’s speed, not quantity, that counts.) Children try to be the first to finish a small Table Top pie without using their hands.

Henry the Juggler (image from his Facebook page)
At 1:00 pm, Henry the Juggler (also a stilt walker) will join the festivities.

At 2:30 pm, Skyrise Children’s Theater’s all star child cast will perform a “Stone Age musical” for the public. That takes place in Pilgrim Church.
Skyrise Children's Theater All Star Cast (contributed)
At 3:30 pm, Exhibitors close up shop.

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