Food, music, fun in store for Sprague's 150th anniversary

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Sprague - posted Tue., Jul. 12, 2011
Sprague First Selectman Cathy Osten and Senior Center Director Buddy Meadows show off the commemorative t-shirts designed for the town's 150th aniversary. The green shirt is for participants in the Sprague Preserve Trail Run July 30. Photo by Janice Steinhagen.
Sprague First Selectman Cathy Osten and Senior Center Director Buddy Meadows show off the commemorative t-shirts designed for the town's 150th aniversary. The green shirt is for participants in the Sprague Preserve Trail Run July 30. Photo by Janice Steinhagen.

The town of Sprague is gearing up for four days of fun to mark its 150th anniversary.

The weekend-long festival on July 28-31, centered at Babe Blanchette Memorial Field on Route 97, will include everything from live music to a road race to a historical re-enactment, capped by Saturday night fireworks.

The fun gets underway Thursday, July 28, with rides and food starting at 5 p.m. Local DJ Ralph Watson will do a karaoke show from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Friday’s events, also starting at 5 p.m., include a '50s-'80s dance at 6 p.m. and a performance by the Red Light band at 7:45 p.m. A historical encampment by the Quoketaug Rangers will be open, starting at 5 p.m. Friday, and continue through the end of the event Sunday.

Saturday kicks off “The Battle at Baltic,” a skateboard competition and demonstration by Worship Skateboards at 10 a.m., with competitions for intermediate, advanced and best trick. Proceeds from $12 registration fees ($8 for best trick contest) will benefit a new section for the skate park.

Other Saturday highlights include a 2.4-  and 4.8-mile trail run through the Sprague Land Preserve; “Ride the Shetucket” canoe and kayak river run from Scotland to River Park; and kids’ events with Brenda Keefe, outreach coordinator of the Sprague Community Center, the Garden Club and Sprague Library.

The entertainment line-up for Saturday includes:

- Senior citizens’ “Smilers” chorus, noon-1 p.m.

- Miss Queen of Sprague pageant, 1 p.m.

- The Onlies, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

- Noodles the Clown, 2-4 p.m.

- Silver Hammer band, 4-6:30 p.m.

- Irish musician Andy Cooney, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

- Fireworks by Pryo.fx, 9:30-10 p.m.

Sunday will feature a drawing for a commemorative quilt at 12:30 p.m., historic musician Rick Spencer from 1 to 2 p.m. and the Kick Back Duo from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday will also be the rain date for the fireworks, if necessary.

All days of the event will feature a food booth run by the fire department, along with rides by Bowdoin Amusements of Plainville, Conn.

Local vendors will be offering handcrafted wares on Saturday and Sunday, ranging from fused glass to woodworking to handcrafted soaps, along with direct-sales items. There will also be special hands-on activities geared for children and community displays by organizations such as Bully Busters.

Parking for festival-goers will be at the soccer field on River Street, on Route 207 across from River Park, at Sayles Elementary School or at St. Michael Center of the Academy of the Holy Family. A shuttle will run a continuous loop throughout the festival to bring people from parking lots to the event.

Commemorative t-shirts for the event are $10, and proceeds from their sale will help fund the weekend’s activities. They will be sold at the fair and are available now by calling Town Hall at 860-822-3000, ext. 203.


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