Music, food, fun and community pride will be on display when the seventh annual Festival on the Trails rides into Gardner on June 13-14.
The event, first organized in 2007 for the city’s sesquicentennial celebration, features the combined efforts of community volunteers and local businesses.
For the last few years, the festival has been a one-day event, but this year, organizers have added an extra day of fun.
Children will be able to get their hands dirty with a variety of arts and crafts activities including face painting and a hair-coloring station. Kids can also fly high in a bounce house and strike a pose in a photo booth. Demonstrations by local groups will round out the entertainment.
But the fun isn’t only for children. In conjunction with the festival, the Gardner Historical Museum will host Chatfest on the Trails. Originally, the event invited Gardner citizens older than 70 years of age who had lived in the USD 231 for the last 45 years, to enjoy fellowship during the Festival on the Trails. The general public is now invited to attend as some of Gardner’s distinguished citizens share memories and fellowship.
Those wandering the festival grounds gazing or enjoying fried Twinkies will also be entertained by a variety of musical groups set to perform on the main stage.
Live music kicks-off at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 13. Friday’s line-up will feature performances by Janet Jameson, Teacherz Pet and Shooting Star.
Country music star John Michael Montgomery headlines Saturday’s musical line-up. The country icon is best known for songs like, “Life’s A Dance,” “I Swear,” and “I Love the Way You Love Me.”
Musical artists Phil Vandel and Gary Lincoln will on Saturday before John Michael Montgomery takes the Festival on the Trails stage.
Concerts on Friday and Saturday are free. Seating is first-come, first-served in lawn chairs, so fans are encouraged to arrive early for the best seats. Coolers will not be allowed, but there will be a beer garden as well as concessions, staffed by local civic groups.
The festival is fully funded by businesses and donations and staffed largely by volunteers.
For more information on next weekend’s Festival on the Trails, including a schedule and full list of sponsors, visit www.festivalonthetrails.com.