Organizers are in the final stages of preparation for the Chester Community Association’s annual event in September – Chesterfest. In its 12th year, the festival brings the community out for a day of fun and entertainment; an opportunity for early shopping for unique gifts from local artists and craftsmen; and a day to discover and learn more about local businesses and civic groups participating in the event.
Depending on the weather, Chesterfest can bring 5,000 to 10,000 people to the Village Green in Chester for the day-long event. It will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 and opens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Don’t worry about parking. The English trolley replicas that shuttle patrons to and from Thomas Dale High School will be returning and running constantly. When inside ChesterFest, you can enjoy listening to live music while visiting 120 vendors. Scheduled events include the return of the 10 a.m. dog show and the 1:30 p.m. pie-eating contest. Ted Stanton holds title, and organizers say come see if there is anyone who can take his crown.
ChesterFest will feed you with your choice of international foods: Greek, Thai, Barbeque, Italian and fish and chips will be there for enjoyment, while listening to a great lineup of musical guests, including jazz, blues, country and bluegrass.
As in years past, a huge Kid’s Zone will be available for the tikes again. The kids will love the arts and crafts booths galore. The KidsZone is sponsored by Christian Life Church.
While at the Fest, join the Chesterfield Twinning Association, which shares a sister county relationship with Gravesham, England. The group will be traveling there from time to time and vise-versa. Stop by the Chester Community Association’s Twinning booth for more information, their trip this summer and visitors arriving in the spring.
The ChesterFest proceeds go for aesthetic and cultural improvements to Chester and its surrounding area. ChesterFest is free and would not be possible without the help of its sponsorship’s and vendors. Event sponsors: Village News and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation; Platinum sponsors include: Virginia Waste Management, Christian Life Church, Martin’s, W. Baxter Perkinson and Associates, D.D.S., Heritage Chevrolet and Colonieal Kia, HHHunt Homes, Virginia Credit Union and Argent Credit Union; Gold sponsors: Bank of McKenney; Silver Sponsors: Chester Christian Church and Wilson Graphics; and Bronze sponsors: Derek McDaniel Agent State Farm Insurance, Flagstop Corporation, Express Auto Center, Madison Environmental and J. T. Morriss Funeral Homes.
A listing of vendors and a map will be published in the September 25 issue of the Village News.