Cheshire residents turned out in droves last weekend for the annual Cheshire Fall Festival & Marketplace.
The event, which was held on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10 and 11, returned after a one-year, pandemic-caused hiatus. The two-day event was chock-full of events, giveaways, food and music for Cheshire residents to enjoy as the get set to welcome the fall season.
“What a beautiful night!” tweeted Cheshire Town Manager Sean Kimball, during the festivities.
The Festival kicked off on Friday night with a food truck parade and the Kiwanis Club Carnival, which attracted children and their families from all over the state.
“This is such a fun day,” said Samantha Kittay, as she was walking among the vendors with her children. “We are so happy to be outside after the year we just had, and my kids are having the best time.”
For Kittay and others, the Festival reminds them of a better, much happier time when COVID-19 was not on the forefront of everyone’s minds.
“Honestly, COVID-19 hasn’t entered my mind since we got (to the Festival), and as a parent it’s something I am always worried about,” Kittay added. “We’ve been so stressed all year, it’s nice to finally get out and have a bit of fun.”
On Sept. 11, local vendors and organizations were on hand giving away prizes and selling unique items. There was also a special 9/11 remembrance ceremony at noontime, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Across the street at Cheshire High School, the traditional car show was held for those who are fans of unique vehicles. Demonstrations from local organizations, such as Cheshire Dance, the Olympic Taekwondo Academy, and the Cheshire Junior Cheerleaders, were held on the second stage, along with a performance by the Cheshire High School Band on the main stage.
“We had an incredible turnout. We really couldn’t have asked for better weather or a better day.” said Cheshire Chamber of Commerce President Yetta Augur.
Augur and her team worked tirelessly to ensure that the Festival would go smoothly, and from the looks on many smiling faces, their efforts paid off.
“It really does feel like we’re back after the past year of isolation,” said David Borowy, Cheshire Town Councilor. “It’s good to be back!”
Towards the end of the day, there was the annual Blackie’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, where residents were challenged to eat as many Blackie’s world famous hot dogs as they could in 10 minutes.
The evening ended with a fireworks display at dusk, marking the return of the long-awaited event.
“We are really excited for the fireworks tonight,” Kittay added. “The kids haven’t been able to stop talking about it since I told them.