By MATT LINDSEY
HOPKINTON -- The 12th Hopkinton Summer Fest will see the return of a talent show, new live entertainment and fireworks July 18-19.
This year the fireworks show has been moved to Friday instead of being held on Saturday as in past years, according to event organizer Vickie French.
“We will have a new band to our festival this year…Northbound will be our headliner for the block dance on Saturday night,” French said.
The fireworks show takes place at dusk behind NuMED, 2880 State Hwy. 11B.
The talent show takes place in the park at 7 p.m. and will offer cash prizes in various age groups.
“To be in the talent show people just need to show up. We have had singers, dancers and musicians in the past…and all ages are encouraged to join,” French said.
To enter the talent contest, contact Sheri Wilson at 212-6031 or Sue Wood at 328-4321.
DJ Wendy Crump will play music between the end of the talent show and the start of fireworks.
The block dance is slated for 8 p.m. Saturday with Northbound taking the stage for a performance should last until around midnight.
Northbound performs a mix of folk, acoustic and classic rock with influences from the likes of James Taylor, Paul Simon and The Beatles.
The group is comprised of local musicians Michael Welch, Don Cannamela and Larry Baycura.
Other musicians scheduled include Oshier Country from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Drifters from 2 to 4 p.m., Old Timers from 4 to 6 p.m. and North Country from 6 to 8 p.m.
A parade will begin at 10 a.m. with several floats and fire departments among other expected to participate, according to French. The parade route is from State Highway 11B to County Route 49.
Kids can enjoy playing several games of skill, face painting, a giant slide and can “dig for gold.”
“We will have free popcorn and drinks for the kids too,” French said.
A chicken barbeque to benefit the Hopkinton-Fort Jackson Fire Department will be served at 5 p.m. at the town hall. Take-outs will be at 4:30 p.m.
All events are free except for food. Bring a chair.
“It will be a fun-filled weekend and we hope people come out and enjoy some fun,” French said.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/HopkintonSummerfest.