Corbin H. Crable
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The Festival on the Trails will come back to Gardner this weekend after a yearlong hiatus.
The third annual festival, which was first organized in 2007 to celebrate the city’s sesquicentennial anniversary, will take place all day Saturday, June 12, in downtown Gardner and will feature a variety of activities and entertainment for all ages.
“This is to give back to Gardner,” said Shirley Brown-VanArsdale, one of the event organizers. “We’re trying to give something back to this community – something that’s fun, an experience.”
The fun starts at 10 a.m. with the opening of the festival’s vendors, Kids on Elm (with activities for children, including inflatables, face painting, crafts and games), a vintage car and truck show, and an art show featuring local artists.
There are a variety of activities planned throughout the rest of the day as well, including karate demonstrations, a walking historic tour through the heart of Gardner’s downtown area, squirt gun target shooting, a chili cookoff, a beer garden and a “Chat Fest on the Trails,” a social event for Gardner residents age 70 or older who have lived in town or in the USD 231 service area for at least 45 years. Refreshments at that event will be served by the Gamma Xi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.
The festival also will treat music lovers to the sounds of country music band Don’t Know Jac, blues music groups Maginness & Friends and Coyote Bill & the Wild Ones, and Change of Heart. The festival will close Saturday night with a concert by Little River Band
This year’s festival has been a year and a half in the making, Brown-VanArsdale said. The 2009 event was tabled due in part to the economic