October! What a great month. I love the changing of the seasons as well as the community activities that take place. A couple weeks back the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce had a great community activity it’s annual Heritage Fest. Though this year was different. It was an entire weekend!
We started on Saturday as we celebrated Octoberfest with performances by Schwarze Schafe and the Baverian Brothers. Two great bands bring the spirit of Octoberfest to us. And what would Octoberfest be without plenty of Beer to go around provided by Jack’s Abby Brewing in addition to plenty of lederhosen, and schnitzel.
Octoberfest is also the best time to raise your stein! There was a Masskrugstemmen competion. This is a competition where men and women hold a beer stein out arms length to see who has the most endurance. The stein is one litter and ways around 5 pounds. Little by little muscles give way until there was one man or women standing. I loved it!
For Heritage day on Sunday vendors lined the streets. My favorite display was a joint venture with the Marlborough Public Library and the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce. The library is leading a city wide event to get the word out to read. They were, and still are, giving away copies of the book Hoot by Carl Hiessan. In conjunction with the book they had owl’s on display at the Festival. Instructors were teaching and educating the pubic about owls and there relationship with the town of Marlborough. The audience was captivated by the owl’s presence.
The highlight of the day though was the chili and chowder competition. There were 7 chowders and 2 chili’s present. I had the rough job of being a judge for the competition. There was stiff contention between the chowders but there was one clear winner, Fish Restaurant. There chose was topped with a small bit of lobster and a small bisquet in the chowder. It was possibly the best chowder I had ever tasted.
Overall not a bad weekend for the city of Marlborough.