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MWDN: Celebrate Holliston Postponed until October 17th

October 2, 2009

September 30, 2009
The MetroWest Daily News

HOLLISTON – Organizers have postponed Saturday’s Celebrate Holliston Field Day and Parade until Oct. 17 because of wet weather forecasts.

The National Weather Service is predicting rain showers from Friday night through Sunday.

This is the second year in a row that bad weather has forced the annual event to be rescheduled.

The Holliston Pantry Shelf is still holding a related turkey dinner with dessert on Saturday night.

The meal is at 5:30 p.m. in the Holliston High School cafeteria, rain or shine. All proceeds go to the food pantry.

Tickets are $15 per person, $6 for children 7-12 and free for children 6 and under. Tickets can be purchased at Coffee Haven or the Holliston Superette, or call Sylvia Stickney at 508-429-6155.

Organizers say most other activities planned on Saturday should still take place on the new date. If all goes as originally scheduled, here’s what to expect – check back here for updates.

Festivities kick off with the wail of sirens and clatter of hoofs at the parade, which departs the Placentino School on Woodland Street at 9 a.m.

Field Day is at Goodwill Park on Green Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with all-day entertainment, kids’ games, food and booths showcasing local civic groups, businesses, crafters and more.

Also on Sunday, Oct. 4, an old-time baseball “Championship of the Town” game played by 1858 rules will be held at Goodwill Park at 1 p.m.

Celebrate Holliston is a nonprofit founded in 1991 to promote civic pride and to preserve and improve the town’s character. Read on for more details on Saturday’s celebrations. 


Children with decorated bikes and doll carriages are again encouraged to join in the fun, and classic cars and antique tractors are expected along the route.

The Citizens of the Year, Margaret Bowles and Jon Juhl, will be feted in the parade as well.

Locally made floats often join in the parade, too. This year’s suggested parade float theme is “The Seven Wonders of Holliston,” which include the Arch Street Bridge, Balancing Rock, Fiske’s General Store, Town Hall, the Historical Society, Trestle Bridge and Casey at the Bat.

The band POP Stars also will perform in the parade. The group of dads performs original songs about fatherhood. They have performed throughout New England in libraries, coffeehouses, benefits and festivals. They were also one of few dad bands to play Mamapalooza in New York City for the past two years. They can be found online at

The parade has been around for more than 16 years, featuring civic groups, businesses, youth sports and more.

Field Day

Children’s games, crafts and rides will be available all day, including a 30-foot Twister ride, a moon-bounce and a four-person tug-of-war game.

There will be live entertainment on the stage all day.

The Celebrate Holliston Web site also lists nearly 100 organizations signed up for booths, ranging from American Legion Post #77 to school clubs and booster groups to local arts to Lil’ Folk Farm.

Stage schedule

10 a.m.: Star-Spangled Banner opening performed by Holliston High School soloists

10:10 a.m.: Citizens of the Year awards presented

10:30  a.m.: Cheerleaders D1 Squad

10:33 a.m.: Hollistones – Holliston’s Senior Center chorus

10:45 a.m.: Pamela Pinterparsons – Music, Movement and More

11:05 a.m.: High School Chorus and Band perform

11:55 a.m.: Backstage Dance Zumba

12:05 p.m.: Shen’s Gymnastics Academy

12:32 p.m.: Cheerleaders I1 Squad

12:35 p.m.: Dancing Arts Center

1:05 p.m.: Jae H. Kim Tae Kwon Do Institute

1:32 p.m.: Cheerleaders D2 Squad

1:35 p.m.: Anna Micelotti, soloist

1:55 p.m.: Austin Delin, guitarist; Colin Fay, drummer; James Kokidko, bassist; Luke Doering, drummer.

2:15 p.m.: Kamryn Person, soloist

2:42 p.m.: Cheerleaders I2 Squad

2:45 p.m.: Nate and Burkett

3:10 p.m.: Cheerleaders C Squad

3:13: Close (3:50 p.m.): Pongo’s Groove – Tyler Arnott, guitar/vocals, Jesse Gibson, bass, Cody “The Clam” Ewing, keys, Mark Philben, drums

Harvest Tent

The Harvest Tent at Field Day will host a number of contests, including the Decorate A Pumpkin competition. Carve or decorate a pumpkin of any size and drop it off at the Harvest Tent between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Please pick up entries by 4 p.m.

An “I Love Holliston” art contest also is accepting drawings, paintings and photographs of what entrants love most about the town. Winning entries may appear in a calendar to be printed later this fall. Entries will be judged by age categories – all ages are welcome.

Try out the “Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin” and “Guess the Number of Candy Corn” contests, too.

The Harvest Tent also will offer Holliston T-shirts, sweatshirts, scarves and stadium seats.

Chili contest

Fire up those crock pots and enter Celebrate Holliston’s chili contest, dubbed “Nacho Ordinary Contest,” at Field Day.

Tasting starts at noon. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners of each category. Entrants must pre-register and will be entered into a prize drawing.

Chili must be prepared Friday night at the Lutheran Church, 600 Central St. Bring your own crock pot and supplies.

There will be a prize for the best-named chili. Consider some samples: Lisa’s Lose Your Lip Chili, Vanessa’s Very Vegetarian Variety, Carl’s Screaming Sensation Chili, Karen’s Toenail Curling Chili and Joe’s Famous Burn Down the Barn Chili.

Call Lisa Zais to enter and for instructions at 508-429-3291 or 508-353-1092, or e-mail her at

Bake sale

Organizers are looking for homemade pies, breads, Rice Krispie treats, cupcakes and other baked goods.

Please drop off all entries at the Harvest Tent between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and donate items in disposable containers.

For questions on any of the contests or Harvest Tent merchandise, call Jane at 508-429-7220, Tara at 508-429-1638 or Anna at 508-429-0418.


People interested in volunteering can e-mail, or

For more information and a complete listing of booths at Celebrate Holliston’s Field Day, visit


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