Families can once again enjoy Summerfest as it moves back downtown to Hyde Park on July 5, after previously being held at Stafford High School.
Stafford Community and Civic Affairs Commission Chair Cindy Kabel said, “We have spoken to many business owners over the past several weeks, and they are very excited to have this event back in Hyde Park. We feel we have done a good job listening to your suggestions over the years and taking the necessary steps to ensure a more successful, fun and safe Summerfest celebration… We are anticipating a festive and well-attended event that includes the popular, revitalized downtown Main Street area.”
Activities, contests, live music, food and other vendors will be at Hyde Park on Saturday, July 5, from 3 to 9 p.m. The rain date is July 6.
Vendors will include jewelry from local artists, trinkets, novelty items, duct tape creations, balloons, and magic tricks for sale.
Bands that will be playing include Cold Train, the Fever Band and 13th Step.
Commission member Barbara Bresnahan explained, “We have a gentleman from Harris in Wonderland Pets who will be at Summerfest with a variety of live snakes and reptiles. He attended last year and was a big hit, as people are allowed to hold some of the animals. People seem to get a kick out of having a giant snake draped around their shoulders!”
Bresnahan added, “Another attraction that was popular last year was the train from Roaming Railroad and their mobile remote-control race track. Whole families ride the train together, and the remote-control cars are something that families can do together, as well. Even our new feature this year – seven big inflatables from BounceAbout – is geared toward a wide age range. We’re also having a petting zoo, which will feature pony rides, Jacobs sheep, alpacas and pygmy goats.”
Additionally, one of the vendors will offer face-painting, and a martial arts school will let kids try to break boards.
There will be a variety of contests including the frog-jumping contest at 3:15 p.m., which is B.Y.O.F. – bring your own frog. “The competitor gets three hops, and we measure the distance. The top three winners receive a small prize. Some years we get a long, long line of people,” Bresnahan said.
Other events include three-legged races at 4:30 p.m., sack races at 5 p.m., pie-eating contests at 6 p.m., and a water balloon toss at 6:45 p.m.
Lauren Beth Stein will be walking on stilts at 4:30 p.m. and she will do hula-hooping at 5:30 p.m. She will be doing an LED show with Jeff Janicki at 8 p.m. Janicki will do a fire show with Joe Paquette of Burning Elements Entertainment and his crew at 7:15 p.m.
Other activities include a dunk tank, henna and children’s hair extensions.
Summer Fest will conclude with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m., which will still be at Stafford High School, as it has been in previous years.