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Marlborough's festival adds chili to chowder contest

(l to r) Chris Stecyk, Austin Turner and Steve Oram help the Marlborough Rotary Club roast marshmallows for festival guests.

Marlborough – Umbrellas were a popular accessory at the 17th annual Marlborough Heritage Festival, held downtown on a damp Sept. 30. Many vendors and nonprofit organizations came prepared with coverings for their booths.

New this year, the festival's popular culinary contest added an ingredient and became the Chowder & Chili Fest. Several local eateries competed. The Buffet Way was voted best chili by both the panel of judges and hundreds of festival-goers. Welly's Restaurant was picked best chowder by both the judges and peoples choice.

Named this year's Heritage Hero was Joan Abshire, a member of the Marlborough Historical Society for 20 years.

The five-hour event is presented by the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce and the city of Marlborough, with support from corporate sponsors.

(Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

Tasting chili samples is the panel of judges: (l to r) Kaitlyn Buchanan, Mark Vital and Robin Samora. Other judges sampled the chowder.

Members of the Velvet Moon Gypsies perform for festival-goers. Entertainment also included the Country Kickers, two bands, and a martial arts demonstration.

Michael Clements, of Marlborough, runs in the rain and finishes the Main Street Mile first overall in 4:48. Alissa Nelson, of Franklin, was the first-place female finishing in 5:09. Ninety-eight runners ages 6 to 64 completed the one-mile race, which is organized by the Highland City Striders.

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