The sun was shining, there was a breeze in the air, and Cheshire once again turned out for the annual Fall Festival & Marketplace at Bartlem Park. Festivities kicked off on Friday, Sept. 9, with the “Food Truck Friday” event. Not only was their plenty on the menu, but the band “Eight from the Bar” provided the night’s music.
Then early in the morning on Saturday, vendors began setting up their booths, the Kiwanis Club was busy installing their inflatables for children, and RE/MAX Rise made sure the event’s newest addition, a hot air balloon, was securely tethered to the ground.
Throughout the day on Saturday, people moved from one booth to another, some with their favorite canine companions in tow. There were presentations from local groups to enjoy, the annual car show in the parking lot in front of Cheshire High School, and plenty of food and music to go around.
In the evening, the Festival concluded with the traditional fireworks display.
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Above: Members of the Cheshire Performing Arts Academy performed for attendees at the Cheshire Fall Festival & Marketplace.
Left: Tommy and Giuliana Papa enjoyed their time at the Festival together.
Below left: Members of the Cheshire High School Marching Ram Band performed at the Festival.
Below right: Some youngsters needed a little break from all the excitement.
Bottom right: Mike Albert, co-owner of RE/MAX Rise, operated the hot air balloon.
Bottom center: Chris Mooney (red shirt) and 90-year-old Steve Ushchak, both retired balloon pilots, take the first ride of the Cheshire Fall Festival.
Bottom right: There were plenty of vintage cars to admire at the Festival’s car show.
Bottom: Students of J.C. Karate showcased their skills at the Festival.
Photos by Tracey Harrington/Cheshire Herald