An Article by Elijah Harris
The Celebrate Holyoke Festival returned to Heritage State Park this past weekend, the fourth since its return at the hands of Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse. Previously, the festival had run from 1985 to 2005.
The festival is a sponsored event, ran entirely by volunteers. This year, Holyoke Community College was one of the marquise sponsors.
The festival was attended by over 10,000 people, with over 50 vendors and dozens of entertainers. According to Rory Casey, the mayor’s chief of staff, volunteers, “planned all year for this.”
“We couldn’t run this event without our sponsors, but equally as important are our volunteers who spent the entire year meeting pretty regularly to make this event possible,” Casey said.
“We’re already preparing the meetings to plan for next year.”
Entertainment acts were widely varied, from mariachi to punk rock, and local food, drink, and community vendors lined Heritage Street from Appleton to Dwight.
The event was originally planned for August, when it usually is held, but was rescheduled to Columbus Day weekend to avoid conflicting with other events, such as the MGM grand opening.
More info about the event can be found at celebrateholyokemass.com or on the Celebrate Holyoke Facebook page.