Get the kids off to school, take a break from the mayhem of summer and then it’s time for ChesterFest, presented by the Chester Community Association.
This is the eleventh year for the event, which depending on the weather can bring 5,000 to 10,000 people to the Village Green in Chester. The festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 and the fun will carry-on from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
This year the organizers have added a couple of twists. Some are surprises, according to organizers. Returning this year are the historical trolleys that shuttle patrons to and from Thomas Dale High School. These English trolley replicas will raise the excitment on the way to the Fest.
When inside ChesterFest, you will have the opportunity to join the Chesterfield Twinning Association, which shares a sister county relationship with Gravesham, England. The group will be traveling there from time to time and vice versa. Stop by the Chester Community Association’s Twinning booth for more information.
The ChesterFest proceeds go for aesthetic and cultural improvement to Chester and its surrounding areas. But ChesterFest is free and is full of all the fun you have known over the years.
Ending with the old fashioned pie-eating contest, Ted Stanton holds the title from 2011; organizers challenge you to come try and take the crown from Stanton.
“A huge Kid’s Zone will be available for the youth this year,” said Elliott Fausz, who is one of organizers. And the kids will love the Arts and Crafts booths galore and the food.
ChesterFest will feed you with your choice of international foods: Greek, Thai, Mexican, American, Italian and, of course English fish and chips; all will be there for enjoyment while listening to a great lineup of musical guests, including jazz, blues, rock and country.
Howard Corey, entertainment chair, has booked a welcoming entrance stage, which will help patrons get in the mood for browsing and tasting a little fair-food in addition to the international fair.
Most importantly, the organizers want to emphasize the word fun with ChesterFest. Mark your calendars.