Street fests set

MANCHESTER - The coming summer will be full of fun, and like last year, will include two street festivals. This summer, the third Friday of July and August will see part of Main Street shut down around the roundabout.

Last year, the town hosted two street festivals; the first on June 21 to help celebrate the end of the roundabout project. Tricia Hayes, street festival coordinator, said that about 1,500 people attended the event.

"The goal of the street festival was to bring attention to the downtown area, to show that it's worth visiting," she said.

The second festival planned for later last summer was held at the end of August. Because they were so well attended and received, the town decided to move ahead and plan events for this year.

A warned article was placed in the budget and the town voted to appropriate $4,000 or enough for one street festival at Town Meeting, Hayes said. She is currently in the process of securing the funding for the second event and almost has all the money needed.

The first festival will be held on July 18, and will feature a "Hometown Vermont" theme, with local vendors and foods. The area closed off for the festival will run from the Baptist Church and The Mountain Goat on Main Street to the space in front of Thai Basil. For musical entertainment, The "Don't Leave Band" will be performing at the event.

"They will be playing rock n'roll," she said. "There will also be acrobats and other interesting surprises."

The second street fair, set for Aug. 15, will have an "Around the World" theme. Hayes said she is in talks to book a reggae band to play, as well as trying to have more international foods available. Both of the festivals will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Amy Chamberlain from The Perfect Wife will be serving beer and wine.

Applications for vendors are currently available.


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