Loading Photo Gallery MONSON – The Monson Summerfest , billed as an event that occurs annually on the Fourth of July, rain or shine, got a bit of both Friday.
The 35th annual festival drew a good crowd in the morning, featuring the annual parade on Main Street, but many left early when rain crept in during the afternoon, organizers said.
Stephen P. Slozak, Monson Summerfest chairman, said the turnout was “not too bad” considering the weather.
“It held off all morning for the parade which was great,” Slozak said. “Matter of fact, somebody showed me their I-phone with the clouds just split around Monson like an answer from above.”
The morning began with a pancake breakfast at the firehouse, and the vendors set up small booths along the street, followed by the parade ending just past 11 a.m., Slozak said.
“And then it’s just mingle around and meet friends you haven’t seen in a long time, grab a bite to eat, buy something here, there, listen to the bands,” Slozak said. “It’s a family event. Everyone looks forward to it.”
Many families and small groups walked along Main Street Friday, buying small crafts, goods, and food, and playing games. Some of the children showed their painted-on tattoos, and rode Thomas the Train down Main Street.
The event’s only cancellation in 35 years was in 2011, after a tornado caused serious damage in Monson . Those gathered for the festival Friday walked by the Town Hall and police station under reconstruction three years after the tornado.
The outlook is good for Monson, Slozak said.“We always bounce back.”Duane Miller, vice-chairman of the Summerfest committee, said the event, helps nonprofit organizations in town raise funds for their activities.“It’s a time of year to get together, friends and family, and celebrate our great country’s birthday,” Miller said.Amanda Cotto, of Monson, was with her sister-in-law, and their five young children combined.“It turned out to be a good day even with the rain,” Cotto said. “We were […]