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Plans Taking Shape for Tewksbury's 2nd Annual Fall Harvest Fair

Jun 27, 2015 02:04PM ● By Bill Gilman

Members of the Public Events and Celebrations Committee, led by Chairperson Cheryl Gay, discuss the 2nd Annual Fall Harvest Fair at the recent Board of Selectmen's Meeting.

Organizers were expecting a few hundred residents for Tewksbury's first Fall Harvest Festival in 2014.
What they got was a crowd of nearly 4,000.
This year's event is expected to be even bigger and better.
Members of the Public Events and Celebrations Committee sat down with the Board of Selectmen this past week to provide an update on plans for the 2nd Annual Fall Harvest Festival, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Livingston Street Fields.
Cheryl Gay, chairperson of the Public Events and Celebrations Committee, said festival organizers learned many things from last year's event and are making changes to relative to parking, restrooms and trash disposal to be better prepared for a large crowd.
"We're going to have more port-o-potties, that was one thing we definitely learned, and have them at (various) locations for convenience," she said. "Trash and recycling receptacles will be placed throughout the field."
Additional parking will be made available at Tewksbury Hospital, as well as in the parking lot behind John Ryan's Pub. A continually running shuttle service will provide transportation to the festival from the auxiliary parking areas and back again. Improved signage will lead people to the festival area, the shuttle stops and the parking areas.
Once again, the festival is expected to attract dozens of local businesses and vendors, exhibitions by local dance studios and martial arts dojos, games and rides, activities for children and a cornhole tournament to raise money for the Tewksbury High Cheerleaders.
A pie eating contest and a chocolate chip cookie bake off are also planned.
And of course there will be an ample supply of food booths and tents. TJ Callahan's will have a tent selling food, as well as beer and wine. Other local restaurants expected to participate include Jimbo's Roast Beef, Bollywood, Harrows, Kona Ice, Orange Leaf, Kroto's, Angelina's Restaurant and Anthony's Roast Beef.
One major change will be that instead of vendors arriving in the morning and setting up on a first-come, first-served basis, Gay said vendors will be assigned spaces and will be assigned certain time windows in the morning to come and set up. That is expected to make the process run more smoothly.
"One thing we are in need of is volunteers," said Gay. "An event like this needs a lot of volunteers to make it happen."
Vendors interested in setting up at the festival and volunteers interested in helping out are invited to contact the committee by email at .
Admission is free and the festival will run from 12 to 5 p.m.

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