SOUTHBRIDGE – The town common will be bustling with activity Saturday, Sept. 22. The Southbridge Business Partnership and Schott North America will present Autumnfest with a wide variety of vendors, kids activities, performances and even a beer tent.
The event is from the same organizers of last year’s Octoberfest on the common, spearheaded by The Southbridge Business Partnership and platinum sponsor Schott North America. The event starts at 10 a.m. with a patriotic opening. Then from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., DJ Phou will provide entertainment. At 2 p.m. the band “She’s Busy” will begin playing. At 10:30 a.m., Maggie The Clown will present a magic show.
At 11 a.m. Spotlight Dance Academy will perform, followed later in the day by a performance by Kara Anderson Dance Studio at 1:15 p.m. Harrington Hospital Auxillary’s Lucky Duck Pluck winners will be “plucked” at 3 p.m. with Duck Pluck ticket sales from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on-site. Also at 3 p.m., The Southbridge Business Partnership will award prizes from the “Southbridge Rocks!” scavenger hunt.
This is the 27th year that Harrington has presented the rubber duck fundraiser. Previously, the event was held at Westville Dam Recreation Area and last year it was held in conjunction with Harington Hospital’s color run fundraiser. Tickets are available in person at the Harrington Hospital gift shop and cafe. Tickets for rubber ducks can also be purchased at select times when the Lucky Duck table is set up at Big Bunny Market, Klem’s in Spencer, Park n’ Shop in Dudley or Ted’s Package Store in Charlton. This year, ticket sales can also be found online (click here).
The event will also include a beer tent featuring Rapscallion Brewery and The Hardwick Winery. There will be a touch-a-truck event featuring Soper Construction and fire and police personnel. Big Bunny will present its farmers market. There will also be craft and food vendors, continuous live entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, pumpkin painting and kids games and rides including a train ride.
Southbridge Autumnfest is presented by local sponsors:
Platinum – Schott North America
Contributing Sponsors – Village Photo and Portrait Studio, The Ruth Wells Center for the Arts, Kaleidoscope Florals, Knights of Columbus DeTriana Council 199, Soper Construction, Colonial Copy Center, Transcytos LLC, Vogue Technique, Ruben’s Transportation, Dave’s Pest Control, Cohasee Country Club.