ChesterFest celebrates 10th year, best yet

ChesterFest has been scheduled for Sept. 24 this year. A beautiful Saturday is expected say ChesterFest organizers. In addition to the ChesterFest favorites, a number of exciting enhancements are planned. “We want this to be an extra special Fest this year,” said Elliott Fausz, ChesterFest co-organizer. “The Chester Community Association has worked hard on making this Fest a lot of fun.”

The ChesterFest committee has put together a program that includes over 125 booths with arts, crafts and information so visitors can browse, shop or just take in the sites. The Kid’s Zone will have a lot more games, activities and new and different inflatables, Fausz says bring the kids just for an afternoon out.

Some new musical groups are on this year too, and concerts will be presented on the Chester Village Green on two nights on the week of the Fest with the dates to be announced.
One of the additions to the fun, said Fausz, will be the Shepherd’s Center Senior Idol tour. If you get nostalgic over the songs of the Rat Pack, you’ll love J.A. “Wink” Winkler and his Sinatra-like voice. He and Gerry Seeley, a folk aficionado, will share the stage along with a special guest.

The Community Band, Silas Taggart and The Chiggers will return with new entertainment on two stages from Andy Vaughan & The Driveline, Cary Street Ramblers and Old Towne Celtic Players.

The dog show will return with special prizes and the cutest puppies in Chesterfield. Lab Rescue of Greater Richmond will be on hand if you want to adopt a beautiful older pooch.
The tug-o-war will return with more teams (don’t forget to sign up your team) all competing for bragging rights for the next year.

And finally the event that everyone waits for all day long – the World Champion Cherry Pie Eating Contest. The pie eating contesthas been a favorite for 10 years, and this year, according to Fausz, the tournament of champions will return with the top cherry pie eating champs facing off for the title of grand champion.

Watch for more news on ChesterFest each week in the Village News until Saturday, Sept. 24 arrives. For more information call the Village News at 751-0421.

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