Rockville Fest set for Sept. 28

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon/Rockville - posted Fri., Sep. 20, 2013
Ariah enjoys a frozen treat at last year's Rockville Fest. File photos by Steve Smith.
Ariah enjoys a frozen treat at last year's Rockville Fest. File photos by Steve Smith.

This year's Rockville Fest could indeed be the biggest ever. For the second year in a row, the event is “three events in one,” incorporating the Tri-Town Cruzers car club show, the “Ready, Set, Baby Fair,” as well as the “main” portion of the Rockville Fest on the green in front of Vernon Town Hall.

The Tri-Town Cruzers are expected to bring 200 classic cars. The cars' owners will be on hand, and will be happy to entertain questions about their restored and refurbished vehicles. The Cruzers will also have several items in their raffle.

The “Ready, Set, Baby Fair” will take place in Talcott Park, and is presented by the Vernon School Readiness Program, in collaboration with ECHN and the Vernon Community Network. Businesses and agencies will be offering information, advice and resources for soon-to-be parents, as well as parents and grandparents.

St. Francis Hospital is going to do car safety seat demonstrations, and New York Life will provide children's identification kits, to be individually created at the fair. RCA officials said there will be a larger emphasis on pre-natal care for mothers-to-be as well as on the importance of reading to young children.

Also at the baby fair, there will be several free raffles with large prizes. At last year's fair, a car seat, a high chair and tickets to children's performances were among the prizes.

In its first year, the fair served more than 80 families, and is expected to improve upon that number in its second year.

The “main” part of Rockville Fest consists of food, craft and home-based vendors on and around the green in Central Park. Many of the local merchants, including restaurants, will be open, and food vendors will offer grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, ice cream and other festival fare.

Among the vendors scheduled to appear are Pampered Chef, Avon, Tastefully Simple and many local crafters with crocheted items, magic trick sets and more.

Local community organizations will also be represented, including the C.E.R.T. , the Neighborhood Advocate Program, and the Rockville Community Alliance.

Miss Greater Rockville Gina Salvatore and Miss Greater Rockville's Outstanding Teen Jeanette Porcello will be on hand to greet visitors, sign autographs and pose for photos.

Kids' entertainment will include a bounce house, and cut-outs for photo ops.

Live music will include the Goto Band, which appeared at National Night Out in August and is back by popular demand. There will also be a DJ, spinning party favorites.  The local food merchants will also be open for business for your dining pleasure.

Main Street in Rockville will be closed from the intersection of West Main/Elm Street to Court Street, beginning at 9 a.m. Park Place and Elm Street will also be closed, except to residents. Part of Park Street will also be closed. Rockville Fest attendees should also be advised that bikes, dogs and alcoholic beverages will not be allowed.

Rockville Fest will take place on Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date is Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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