GROTON -- With last year's scheduling problems behind them, organizers for this year's annual Grotonfest celebration hope that the only thing they have to worry about that might effect a change in plans is rain.

However, with an unusual run of dry weather and sunny skies so far this summer, it seems unlikely that the event's rain date of Sept. 23 will be needed in substitute for the official Sept. 22 opening.

"The purpose of Grotonfest is really to strengthen the bond of community," explained event planner Jane Bouvier. "Certainly we want to make it a time when the whole community can get together for one day, but we also want to give local businesses a chance to really show what they have and who they are."

And rain or no, bad weather ought not to interfere with such aspirations.

As in past years, Grotonfest will take place on the green expanse of Legion Common located off Hollis Street alongside the historic Old Burial Ground.

With its mix of advertising, crafts, food, music, entertainment, and, of course, local politicians, Grotonfest has attracted as many as 5,000 to 6,000 people in past years and Bouvier expects no different this time.

To keep those numbers up, this year's event will include as many as 160 booths manned by an array of business people, crafters and local politicians.

"This year there'll be a good mix of artisans, businesses, nonprofits and food," confirmed Bouvier.


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With entertainment a big part of Grotonfest, Bouvier said a full set has once again been lined up so that there will be something going on the entire day. Acts include Animal Adventures, Irish singer Brian Corcoran, the Centerstage Dancers, the Powderhouse Gang barbershop quartet, the Nashoba Valley Dance Academy, and live demonstrations by Planet Gymnastics, Luth Karate and Buddha Neste Yoga.

Also as in past years, food will not be neglected, with local restaurateurs strongly represented.

This year's Grotonfest celebration is scheduled for Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.