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Tewksbury Announces Date For First Town Harvest Festival

Jul 10, 2014 11:36AM ● By Bill Gilman
Sunday, Sept. 14 is the date chosen by the Public Events and Celebrations Committee for Tewksbury's first modern era Harvest Festival.
According to Selectman Jim Wentworth, a member of the committee, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the town's Recreation Complex on Livingston Street.
Specifics are still being worked out but Wentworth said the event will include live music, kids activities, games, plenty of food, raffles and possibly some carnival attractions.
Both the area behind the Recreation Department building and the athletic fields on the opposite side of the street will be used, with the goal of encouraging as much community participation as possible.
"This will be a real showcase for Tewksbury," said Wentworth. "That's what we're looking for. A showcase for local businesses and organizations."
Wentworth said the list of around 1,300 local businesses and organizations has been divided among the eight members of the  Public Events andCelebrations Committee and each one will be contacted and invited to participate.
"We want to get as many as possible involved," said Wentworth. "I'm envisioning kind of a circular set up where the businesses have booths set up. And as you walk through, there are booths right next to each other and across from each other."
Wentworth said there will likely be two stages set up for entertainment. One will feature live music for kids in the morning and adults in the afternoon. The second stage will feature local performance organizations, such as dance companies and martial arts studios, putting on exhibitions throughout the day.
Wentworth said the committee is keenly aware that the New England Patriots will be taking on the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. But rather than a problem, the committee plans to turn it into an opportunity. The committee is working on a plan that will fans being able to watch the game while enjoying the festival AND possibly win a giant screen TV.
The cost to set up a booth at the Harvest Festival will be $25 for non-profits and $50 for businesses. However, if you register before Aug. 15, the cost is just $40. The deadline to register is Aug. 28.
If you are interested in participating in the Harvest Festival or you have questions, e-mail Cheryl Gay, chairwoman of the Celebrations Committee at .

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