The trolleys rolled all day, at times filled to the brim, last week on a beautiful Saturday. Those who chose to walk or find another place in town to park caused the crowd at the 12th Annual ChesterFest to swell to nearly 10,000.
Presented by the Chester Community Association (CCA), the big attraction was food and music, keeping stage seats filled all day. Other events from a tug-o-war, local bikers vs. Thomas Dale’s JROTC kept everyone busy watching and doing something.
One hundred thirty vendors circled the Chester Village Green. But if you brought the kids, you spent a lot of time in the Kid’s Zone. Sponsored and organized by Christian Life Church, the zone encircled a circus tent where shows of magic and a ventriloquist to a bubble blast and unicyclist performed. A petting zoo, face painting and inflatables plus more kept little ones begging for more.
The dog show boasted a Best in Show by owner Nancy Kellys’ entry Roan; Large Breed winner was Kim Williams’ entry Dakota; Emily Randolph’s pooch, named Chalula, won Best Dressed; The Best Trick was performed by Storm whose owner is Lois Bryant and the Best Small dog category was won by Chloe whose proud owner is Conni Burket.
The only cherry pie eating contest in Virginia had a new champion this year. Josh Taylor took home the trophy for first place. Afterwards he said, “I’ve been competing for this for four years.” Kelly Cocar and John Garcia took second and third place respectively and were also presented with cash prizes.
Community members all belong to the CCA. But those interested in taking on a larger roll are encouraged to participate in the core CCA group. This group meets the fourth Thursday of every month at the Chesterfield Center for the Arts office on Centre Street opposite the Chester Library. Get involved in your community.