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Autumnfest: Share Your Favorite Memories, Stories

What is your favorite memory of the city's biggest annual celebration?

 

The week's Autumnfest events continue today with the opening of the Midway by Fanelli Amusements at World War II Memorial Park,  and a fundraiser, "Bands for the fans" at the Autumnfest Beergarden along East School Street, providing entertainment for a $5 cover this evening.

The annual event draws big crowds every year, and the event's webpage lists three full days of music, games, rides concessions, and various attractions.

WoonsocketPatch wants to know: What are your favorite Autumnfest memories? What part of the annual event do you look forward to? Tell us in the comments, and upload photos from past events or from this year's preparations, or even the Tueday's kickoff, the Grand Marshal Ceremony.

JJ October 04, 2012 at 03:40 PM
My foundest memories would be from when I was a child in the 80's. The Autumnfest had so much to offer kids of all ages. When I was a teen I loved the make your own button booth in the 90's. And as an adult I look forward to the food :)
John Jackson October 04, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Got hit with a rock, got spit on, and hit with a water balloon while marching in the Autumfest parade in HS band. Mother got robbed, car got broken into. This is all in 3 trips with the HS band and 2 trips with the family. Woonsocket is a scumbag city, go to the Autumnfest if you live there and wallow in the scum. If you are not from Woony, stay away. If you decide to go and leave with a good taste in your mouth, consider yourself lucky.
Still Hope October 04, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Beer tent. Got drunk.
Still Hope October 04, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Just an FYI, if you live within 3 miles of "Woony", you my friend are part of Woonsocket. Bellingham, Blackstone, Cumberland, Manville, and parts of N Smithfield are the places that the delusional, self-righteous call home. Sorry, but that stink you smell when you drive through my city is your doing as well. I thought it was sweet when I stopped into Mendon Liquors in Cumberland for a bottle of wine, only to be greeted by a woman chugging nips outside. You stay classy Cumberland. Keep sending your poor and your baby-mamas. We still have plenty of room across the street, here in Woonsocket.
Doctor October 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Saturday nights with the Cercle Laurier gang yelling and half drunk selling dynamites, that bell was loud but it sold a lot of sandwiches.
Cap'n Crunch October 04, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I remember the first year,me and a friend of mine went down on our ten speed bikes.Haven't been since but i'd go if team Obamney showed up.
Lisa October 09, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I love Autumnfest and take my kids every year. Recently purchased a home near East School street and was upset to find out about the Battle of the Bands, competing at the beer tent on a Thursday night, til 11pm. Needless to say, my kids didn't get much sleep for school the next day. As this is a residential area, I would ask that maybe they could hold this event on a non-school night, or maybe not til 11pm. If they held it Fri, Sat or night, that would be fine, but for the city to agree and have this event and keep the kids in that area up so late is unbelievable!

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