Hold on for Holden Days
OLDEN -- There’s something for the entire family at Holden Days this Saturday.
“It’s free family fun all day,” said Jen Stanovich, executive director for the Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce.
The day will kick off with a parade down Holden’s Main Street before opening for crafts, food, music and more from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will host about 150 vendors, as well as the Craft Corner, Art Lot, Food Court, Marketplace and Kids Court.
“It’s been fun. We always try to make it a little better and bigger every year,” Stanovich said.
The parade is a new addition to the event this year. Anyone can walk down Main Street carrying a banner. Some of those marching down the street will be softball and baseball teams and antique cars.
“We always try to think what we can do to change it up,” Stanovich said. “It’s a great event and goes toward the Chamber’s mission to help promote local businesses.”
Holden Days has been in existence for 39 years. It first started as a sidewalk sale and has since grown. The Chamber has been running it for about the past 20 years.
The event will feature music at the Main Stage from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., along with Big Daddy’s DJ Services in the Kids Court, and the Bandstand will have music from Game On, Past Road Chorus of Sweet Adelines International and the Worcester Men of Song Chorus.
The bands at the Main Stage will be Holdin’ Back, Decades by Dezyne and Lalla Rookh.
“Decades by Dezyne are out of Boston, and they’re a very pop band,” Stanovich said. “We keep bringing them back because they always have people dancing in the food court.”
She said Lalla Rookh is a group of high-schoolers who will be have their last big performance at Holden Days before the members go off to college. Holdin’ Back is also a local group, as the name suggest, with most of the members being from Holden.
The Main Stage is located right at the food court, where local restaurants set up space under large tents.
“We will have picnic tables and while you have lunch, breakfast or dessert, you can sit down and listen to free entertainment on the main stage,” Stanovich said.
The food court will feature Baked Bakery, Flip Flops Bar & Grill, Holden Grange Shortcake Festival, Parrot Pizza, Specialty Sandwich Company, Sweets & Java, McDonald’s and Wong Dynasty.
Right by the Main Stage and food court are all the tents and open area for local businesses and vendors.
“It’s been great, and the reason we can grow is because we brought on so many sponsors,” Stanovich said.
“Our businesses are so supportive, especially our major sponsors. Because of all of our businesses stepping up, we’re able to do this. Otherwise, we’d still be a small sidewalk sale.
“It’s been going on for a long time,” she added. “It’s a nice way for people to connect and to connect with area businesses.”
The Kids Court will also have plenty of entertainment specifically for children, including children-related vendors, crafts, dance performances, a dunk tank, an inflatable slide, a magician and more.
“It’s an awful lot of fun,” Stanovich said. “It’s often the last hoorah before the kids head back to school.”
Free shuttle transportation will be provided by the WRTA, so you can park at Dawson Elementary School at 155 Salisbury St., or at Friendly’s and jump on the shuttle buses from 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Once you’ve arrived, you can catch a ride on a train that will drive the entire event.
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