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Delightful Dover Days

By Madison Butkus

Hometown Weekly Reporter

The annual tradition of the Dover Days Street Fair returned yet again on Saturday, September 9th. Held on the second Saturday of September each year, this fair is an excellent way to bring community members together to celebrate the end of summer/the beginning of the school year. 

There was certainly no shortage of vendors and things for all ages to do at this fair. Combined with the Dover Dash 5K and Fun Run, this fair was located in between the Dover Town Library and the Dover Town Lawn. 

According to the Dover MA website, “At the Dover Days Street Fair you can meet owners of many area businesses, introduce yourself to members of various Town organizations and departments, and even speak with several elected officials.” This was definitely the case and crowds packed the fair with smiling faces and playful spirits. 

One of the most popular attractions at this fair was the Parks and Recreation Inflatables. There were three options that kiddos could choose from: the obstacle course race, the giant slide, and the field goal kicking challenge. For these inflatables, parents could either buy an unlimited pass beforehand online or purchase day-of tickets once at the fair. 

Running this Dover Days Street Fair was Dover Parks and Recreation who had set up a booth of their own in front of the inflatables they had brought. Director of Parks and Recreation, Mark Ghiloni, was there handing out tickets and making sure everyone was having a great time. When discussing this event with Hometown Weekly, he stated, “I always call this event our Superbowl because it is our biggest event of the year. We have close to fifty vendors all together and it is just a great community event. It’s kind of the end of summer / back to school kickoff. We have the road race with the Dover-Sherborn Cross Country Team running that. So really it’s just a great time for families to come out, connect after summer, and just enjoy the day. We really hope there is no rain coming, although the rain may break some of this humidity we have been getting. Overall, it’s a really awesome day and we hope that all who attend enjoy it as much as we do.” 

With traditions like these, it is easy to see just how amazing of a community the town of Dover has. Many hope to see these types of fairs and races to continue for years to come! 

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