CHESTERFEST: ChesterFest offers great shopping, family fun

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ChesterFest returns on Saturday, Sept. 28 to celebrate its 12th year of providing a great time to meet neighbors you haven’t seen in awhile; shopping for one of a kind gifts or something for yourself. It’s all presented by the Chester Community Association (CCA), which shares a birthday with the ChesterFest.

This year’s Fest will offer good ol’ fashioned fun and prizes for 128 booths; the best Kid’s Zone (your child may not let you leave); music from bluegrass to rockabilly, rhythm and blues to big band. A row of international foods, and fair food – fried exactly the way your sweet tooth likes it. Speaking of a sweet tooth, the “Cherry Pie Eating Champion of the World” will be crowned again this year, although starting a little early (1:30) so the pie filling can wear off by dinner; we’ll see who can clean their pie pan the quickest.

It’s just old fashion laughs.

And just like the pie eating contest, ChesterFest will crown our best furry little friend during the dog show. Signups at the main stage starts at 9:45 a.m.

Those on the organizing committee said there will be more giveaways than ever.

Twelve years of promoting ChesterFest has given the CCA a chance to give back to the community and help provide a sense of place for those who love to live here. Over the years the CCA has partnered on the “Welcome to Chester” signs, park benches and Christmas wreaths for the light posts in the village. A landscape renovation of the Chester pocket park at Chester and West Hundred roads has been in the works for the last two years. A scholarship for the TDHS JROTC, and being a great monetary friend of the Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation are some of the things the CCA works with the community to do.

But the CCA has projects in the works and on the books. A new project this year is the Chesterfield Twinning Association (visit their BBQ tent, and gift basket auction where you see the antique MG).

The Twinning Association has an exchange program with Gravesham, England, The Chesterfield group visits and stays with Gravesham residents and we reciprocate by hosting in Chesterfield. The connection? Pocahontas is buried in the town of Gravesend in the borough of Gravesham. What a way to travel.

Just as the Chester Farmer’s Market started as a committee of the CCA, the Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation began as part of the CCA. In the spring the Association will move its Second Thursdays concert to the third Thursday of the month and call it Third Thursday. On the horizon: trails, family events, forums, more esthetic projects and anything the community has an interest in pursuing to make Chester even better.

In the early years the CCA consisted of members only, with dues and special meetings, but now the CCA everyone who calls Chester their home. “If you are reading this, you’re already a member,” Elliott Fausz, who is the Board of Directors President, said. “Come to one of your meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month at Howlett’s Tavern and Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. and see what your group is doing. The CCA has opened the board seat to more people who are especially interested in their community.

Want a seat on the board?

See you at ChesterFest.

Your CCA board of directors.

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