Cheshire Fall Festival adds hot air balloons and inflatable area for all ages

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CHESHIRE – The arrival of September means that pupils return to school and the Cheshire Fall Festival & Marketplace returns to Bartlem Park.

To celebrate the changing of the seasons, the 34th annual festival kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. with music and food trucks. Events run all day Saturday and will be capped off with a fireworks display at dusk.

Yetta Augur, President of the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, describes the event as “a connection between our businesses and our community. This festival is a labor of love for us to really showcase our businesses and provide a fun family event.

“Our board, committee and chamber staff have been working on the festival since January,” Augur added. “This festival is a team effort. Many thanks to Cheshire Police Service, Cheshire Fire Service, Cheshire Public Works, Cheshire Parks and Leisure and all the support from Cheshire City Council…This year the cost of festival has really grown and we couldn’t do this without the generosity of our sponsors.

City manager Sean Kimball described the festival as an important tradition. ‘It showcases our local businesses, our community organizations and highlights what makes Cheshire such a special place,’ he said.

The calendar of events is available at www.cheshire festival.com.

Something new that should attract a lot of adventurers is the opportunity to try hot air ballooning. In partnership with ReMax Realty, festival-goers will be able to take a captive aerial journey and get a bird’s-eye view of the city. Proceeds go to fund the festival and keep it free for everyone.

The Cheshire Kiwanis Club, which sponsors the carnival, has added an inflatable area for all ages. The area will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

The second stage of the festival will feature several martial arts studios in the city, demonstrating their training and abilities, as well as the Cheshire Junior Football team.

The Fall Festival is also a great opportunity to learn about civic organizations and connect with neighbors, old friends and community leaders. There will be stalls sponsored by religious organisations, Cheshire City government entities, health and service providers, political organizations and a range of local businesses.

Artisans are at the center of the festival. Whether one is interested in woodworking, soaps, fabrics, clay, pottery, floral designs or locally made clothing for adults and children, there is likely an artist or maker with interesting products to browse and buy.

If classic cars are your speed, they’ll be on view all day Saturday on Route 10 at Cheshire High School. Food at the car show is available courtesy of Cheshire Royster’s BBQ Co. restaurant, along with smoothies and snacks from Cool Bri’s Smoothies.

Earlier this year, Generation Prime Education Foundation founder Linda Blackburn came to the House with an idea to help the Fall Festival have less impact on the environment. “Linda has endeavored to enlist the help of the city’s Sustainable CT Committee, as well as the Cheshire Environment Committee,” Augur said. Volunteers from the Coalition for a Sustainable Cheshire will also participate. Food truck vendors will use biodegradable materials. In addition, Generation Prime has also invested in equipping catering outlets with bamboo utensils.

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