Summer Nights becoming Summer Day – Time moved to this Saturday afternoon

Above: Expect all the usual fun with free pony rides, inflatables, the climbing tower and much more at the now daytime festival. Just don’t look for Fireworks. (images L-R cropped from photos by Beth Melo and Susan Fitzgerald)

Recent announcements about the EEE threat requiring a halt to outdoor activities after dusk put a kabosh on having a “Nights” festival. But the Town has announced that Southborough Summer Nights fun will go on – just a few hours early.

The end of summer festival will now run from 2:30 – 5:30 pm. That means no fireworks. Fortunately, thanks to flexible vendors, everything else will remain the same.

Again, the 16th annual celebration is planned for the afternoon of this Saturday, August 24th. (Or the next day if rain interferes.)

Here’s a reminder of the other details from my post last Friday. . .

For many, a big draw is the multitude of food trucks and exhibitor giveaways. You can also enjoy a live concert with returning favorites Better Her Than Me.

But the biggest draw is all the free activities for kids.

That includes:

  • Pony rides
  • Face Painting (by professionals)
  • Rock Climbing Tower
  • Inflatable Moon Bounces and obstacle courses
  • 3-hole mini golf
  • Photo Booth
  • Ball tosses, frisbee throws and shootouts
  • Balloon Artist

The ARHS Robotics team will also be on the tennis courts again with their robot demos.

I was also happy to learn that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fundraiser added last year will be back. (As promised, I will be sharing details. But I needed to wait to see how the Town’s decision would impact the fundraiser.)

Here are some pictures from last year, a mix of mine and contributions from Southborough Recreation. (Click on photos for credits)

Summer Nights Large Banner (by Southborough Rec) Rock Wall at Summer Nights (by Southborough Rec) Band BH at Summer Nights (by Southborough Rec)TM Obstacle Course at Summer Nights (by Beth Melo) Inflatable Ice Cream shop at Summer Nights (by Southborough Rec)

ball games at Summer Nights (by Beth Melo) ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Summer Nights (by Beth Melo) ALS Ice Bucket Challenge success at Summer Nights (by Beth Melo) Summer Nights free pony rides (by Beth Melo)

ARHS Robotics at Summer Nights (by Southborough Rec) ARHS Robotics at Summer Nights 2 (by Beth Melo) Summer Nights 3-hole mini golf (by Beth Melo) picnic on the field at Summer Nights (by Beth Melo) 

Baypath and face painting at Summer Nights from FacebookSomehow, I didn’t capture any of the face painting last year. That is always a huge hit. I did find an example on Facebook from Baypath Humane Society’s post. (How many pups are in this pic?)

I will be sharing parking details closer to the event. But I’m told that it should be the same as last year.

Want to help make this year’s event another success?

Earlier this summer, I shared a request by Rec for volunteers to assist with setup. I’d be surprised if they couldn’t still use more help. If you’d like to lend a hand, click here for more details.

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