TOWNSEND -- Three years ago, the library moved into its new digs on Dudley Road thanks to the generosity of Sterilite, the company that donated the building which also houses the Senior Center and a meeting hall.

An anniversary celebration has already become an annual tradition.

The cupcake festival is one of Library Director Stacy Schuttler's favorite parts.

"It's a contest. You get to show your creativity with cupcakes," she said.

"The judging is pretty hilarious," she said.

This year, the judges will be Bob Harrison, president of the Friends of the Townsend Public Library, Allison Bird, who was nominated to be a trustee, and Laureen Cutrona, a library staff member.

They will judge three age groups: children, teens and adults.

With six categories, there will be plenty of chances for icing artists to take home a prize. Contestants can try for the cutest, most original, best circus theme and best display/grouping in the cupcake categories and the cutest and most original in the cake pop category.

Some bakers compete in more than one category.

"We give away little prizes. We've got all kinds of things," Schuttler said. Each participant will also get a certificate.

Once all the prizes have been awarded, it will be time for the cupcake walk.

The game is "kind of like musical chairs," Schuttler said.

The last one standing is the first to pick out cupcakes to bring home.

After six to 10 rounds of the cupcake walk, everyone will be able to chose some goodies to take away.


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There should be plenty.

"Last year we had a lot of leftover cupcakes," Schuttler said.

She expects to see at least 40 bakers with 60 to 75 different entries.

The anniversary celebration begins the day before the cupcake festival with a performance of "Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks" by the Delvena Theater Company.

"They put on a great show," Schuttler said.

Audience members will be able to interview Borden when the play is over and then decide whether or not she was guilty of two murders committed in 1892 in Fall River.

The next morning, during the cupcake festival, there will be more entertainment. The morning will begin with face painting followed by Violet the Clown.

After the cakewalk, Alicia, a fortune teller, will be available for consultations.

Cupcakes can be dropped off today between noon and 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Judging and entertainment begin Saturday at 10 a.m.

The Delvena Theater company will perform tonight at 7 p.m.

The Townsend Public Library Endowment is sponsoring the anniversary celebration.