Annual fair kicks off holiday weekend

Families flocked to town center for the annual Needham Business Association’s Harvest Fair to support local businesses and celebrate town pride. Photos by Laura Drinan

By Laura Drinan
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Could there have been a better way for Needham’s community to ring in the long weekend than with the Needham Business Association’s Harvest Fair?

Perhaps a trip to Europe or to a tropical island would have been nice, but for those staying local for Columbus Day weekend, the Harvest Fair was the perfect celebration.

The annual fall festival on October 7 brought members of the community to Needham center to enjoy a day of activities while supporting local businesses.

Will Reservitz, Simon Bright, and Ethan Bright, enjoy the annual fair with balloons and other treats from local businesses.

Will Reservitz, Simon Bright, and Ethan Bright, enjoy the annual fair with balloons and other treats from local businesses.

After threats of a cloudy day, the sun came out to shine down on Needham center while families walked through the town common collecting balloons, raffle tickets, and goodies from the local businesses. Several of Needham’s trucks and construction vehicles also made an appearance at the event and were available for children to climb.

Some children patiently waited to get a caricature drawn or their face painted, while other children contently watched the dance performances in front of the steps on Town Hall as the deejay provided family friendly songs.

“It’s been lots of fun,” said Rachel Bright, in attendance with her two sons, Ethan and Simon, and their friend, Will Reservitz. “It’s a good community building event. We go every year.”

The ‘Souper Bowl’ contest at the Needham Business Association’s Harvest Fair attracts soup fanatics to enjoy the annual town celebration.

The ‘Souper Bowl’ contest at the Needham Business Association’s Harvest Fair attracts soup fanatics to enjoy the annual town celebration.

As the afternoon sun beat down on Needham center, many decided to seek shelter under the famous “Souper Bowl” contest tent and enjoy some local soups. With full bellies and a checkmark next to their favorite soups, the soup judges submitted their ballots and set off exploring the rest of the fair.

The Needham Police Department also joined in on the fun at the Harvest Fair, where they distributed coloring books and information packets. However, it wasn’t exactly the pamphlets that were attracting families to the Police Department’s booth.

Seven-year-old Will Owens tests out a Needham Police Department motorcycle at the Needham Business Association’s Harvest Fair.

Seven-year-old Will Owens tests out a Needham Police Department motorcycle at the Needham Business Association’s Harvest Fair.

Many kids – and even some enthusiastic adults – were drawn to the chance to sit on a shiny NPD motorcycle. Seven-year-old Will Owens didn’t hesitate to climb onto the bike and chat with two of Needham’s officers.

This year’s Needham Business Association’s Harvest Fair, like each incarnation before it, brought the community together for one of the town’s most anticipated events.

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