NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Faced with the continuing construction along Main Street in downtown Northborough, the Applefest Committee announced it has been forced to cancel the Applefest parade this year and the traditional selection of the grand marshal along with it.
"We were hoping to reschedule, but we couldn't," said Michelle Gillespie, the committee chairperson.
But, as they say, the show must go on. The remainder of this year's Applefest, which will run from Sept. 13 to 16, is intact and will be held mostly at Algonquin Regional High School. According to its organizers, the festival promises many attractions for the whole family.
Most notable is the return of the fireworks show, which has not been seen at an Applefest for the past five years due to lack of funds. Gillespie said this year, festival sponsors raised enough money for the show, which will also feature a barbecue and a concert by the band 3MF.
Other festival events will include the "Greater Northborough Has Talent" show, a dessert bake-off, a classic car show, a 5K road race, the Algonquin Varsity Football game against Wachusett and the 20th Annual Street Fair — which, according to Gillespie, "already has 100 participants."
For more information about events and schedules, visit the Northborough Applefest website.
The committee is accepting donations to help fund all the events, Gillespie said. Checks made payable to Applefest 2012 can be mailed to P.O. Box 216, Northborough, MA 01532.