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Harvest Festival prepping for 22nd year

Upwards of 10,000 people expected to converge on Sturbridge

October 06, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Members of the Publick House and the Chamber of Central Mass South are preparing for the 22nd Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16, an event that might draw 10,000 guests if Mother Nature cooperates.

The Harvest Festival will take place on each side of Route 131, with the Chamber of Central Mass South organizing events on the Town Common and the Publick House scheduling activities on its side of the road. According to Chamber of Central Mass South Executive Director Alexandra McNitt, both parties have collaborated nicely to put together what should be an entertaining festival.

“We are hoping for a great turnout, but the amount of people who come always depends on the weather,” McNitt said. “If we get great weather like they are expecting for this weekend, we might see as many as 10,000 people. Usually we get at least one good day where a lot of people show up.”

The Harvest Festival will feature most of the popular activities from years past, as well as a few new activities that might turn into regulars. On Oct. 15, a local idol contest will be held for those possessing singing talents, with a special prize going to the winner.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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