The much-anticipated Cheshire Fall Festival is finally back after a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Cheshire Chamber of Commerce President Yetta Augur is excited to bring back the popular event, and is ready for Cheshire residents to see all that they have to offer this year.
“It is just so wonderful that we are able to finally put this on this year,” Augur said. “People are so happy to be a part of this, we are nearly full this year with vendors, which is incredible.”
The Cheshire Fall Festival is a two-day event (Sept. 10 and 11) held at Bartlem Park every September, where local Cheshire businesses, residents, and organizations get together to celebrate the upcoming fall season. The event wouldn’t be complete without the Kiwanis Club Carnival, which attracts dozens of Cheshire families every year.
“This year we are really focusing on children and children’s activities. To do so we will have a children’s entertainment tent which will have a ton of different activities for families to enjoy,” Augur explained.
The childrens tent will be host to activities led by Cheshire YMCA volunteers; a child-friendly clown who will be making balloon animals; and even a scarecrow photo opportunity to highlight the second annual Cheshire Scarecrow contest hosted by Artsplace, taking place later this fall.
“We will even have scarecrow stuffing and making demonstrations for people who want to get involved in the contest this year,” Augur added. Last year the contest had over 70 participants, with Best Overall Scarecrow going to both James Talbott on South Main St, and Automotive Edge on Highland Ave.
Other new features of the festival include a full food truck parade on both days, an early morning group yoga class on Sept. 11 by Be Here Now Yoga, and a one act play performed by Cheshire Community Theater.
“We will also have live music throughout the entire festival, along with the return of our fireworks show on Saturday night,” Augur confirmed.
Vendors will include local businesses such as JC Karate, Your CBD Store, and Whippersnappers Play Gym, as well as organizations such as Coalition for a Sustainable Cheshire, Cheshire Land Trust, and Cheshire Lights of Hope.
Another new addition to the festival this year will be the presence of Chesprocott Health District’s vaccine clinic, which hopes to vaccinate any willing attendee over the age of 12 who has yet to receive the shot
“Because our event is entirely outside, we are not requiring anyone to wear a mask,” Augur said. “We want people to make the decision that’s right for them.”
In addition to the festival, the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce will also have their yearly Car Show, hosted by Richard Chevrolet. The show will be held across the street, at Cheshire High School, on Sept. 11.
Because the date of the festival falls on Sept. 11, the Chamber of Commerce will be holding a special 9/11 remembrance event to honor those who lost their lives on that day.
The Cheshire Fall Festival will begin on Friday, Sept. 10, from 5 p.m. to 11p.m., and continue on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to dusk.