On a perfect September day, a record number of attendees of all ages arrived in the village of Chester for the 11th Annual ChesterFest event provided by the Chester Community Association (CCA). Held last Saturday, with over 130 vendors, it was a day full of fun, music, arts and crafts, shopping and information gathering, ChesterFest attracted nearly 8,000 patrons to the Village.
The day began with the Dog Show. The 12 entries were judged on Best Dressed, Best Trick, Best Breed - Small and Large, and Best in Show. Winning Best of Show was Templeto Houdini, a Chihuahua, owner Beth Bell of Hopewell. Kim Powers of Disputanta entered her rescued Boston Terrier, Petey. He won in the Best Dressed category wearing a pumpkin outfit, as well as in the Best Trick category.Cassie, a Bichon Frise, won in the Best Breed Small Dog category. Her owner is Jeanine Gilmore of Chester. The Best Breed Large Dog category was won by Molly, a Newfoundland, owner Debbie Willis of Richmond.
The annual Pie-Eating Contest concluded the day with 16 pies and 16 participants. Taking his lunch break from work, Ted Stanton, winner of last year’s Pie-Eating Contest, retained his title, finishing the pie several minutes before the second and third place winners were announced. Coming in as alternates, Cameron Naghiz and Elizabeth Isiptsis were second and third place finishers.
The CCA expresses many thanks to the sponsors of the festival, who make the event possible year after year. Report has been given for a lost watch. If found, please call the newspaper at 751-0421 so it may be returned to its owner.