Gallery: Woonsocket Readies For Autumnfest Weekend

Residents looking forward to weekend's festivities.


Autumnfest starts in earnest this morning at 10 a.m., though a couple of concerts earlier in the week whet reveler's whistles.

On Friday, vendors, ride operators and road crews were busy setting up for the three-day celebration of food, rides, games and music at World War II Memorial Park. Locals eager to enjoy the attractions strolled through or lolled according to their whim.

Near East School Street, Charles DiChiaro, Colleen MacKenzie and her son Jacob, along with their dogs Fritz, a shih tzu, and Hutch, a shih tzu mix, were enjoying a temporarlily unoccupied hill overlooking a patch of rides that will soon be fired up for throngs of eager Autumnfest patrons. 

"We're coming tonight," Colleen said, for the evening's concert, Steve Malec & The Electric Flood, opening up for Doors tribute band, "Through The Doors" at the Beergarden.

"I'll be here every afternoon, eating," said DiChiaro.

Near the music stage, Arlene Claflin and Bob Ducharme were walking through the park, taking in the bustling workers setting up for the long weekend. They said they were excited about Autumnfest.

"We've been coming every year since it started," Claflin said, 30 years ago.

In case you missed it earlier this week, here's a breakdown of the highlights for the weekend's events (check the Autumnfest website for details):

Saturday, Oct. 6 (10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

Autumnfest's headliner act, Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famers Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, will perform at 8 p.m.

Charlie Thomas, on lead vocals, takes you through a journey of  iconic songs including There Goes My Baby, Under The Boardwalk, This Magic Moment, On Broadway, Save The Last Dance For Me, Sweets for My Sweet, Up On The Roof and more than nineteen albums of recognizable songs.

Sunday, Oct. 7 (10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

Race Against Racism - Don't forget to register  for the Race Against Racism 5K  The entry fee is $25, and $27 the day of the race.

Start/Finish: World War II Memorial State Park in Woonsocket
7:30 a.m. Registration / T-Shirt and Race Packet Pick Up
8:45 a.m. Welcome and Warm Up
9 a.m. 5K Race Start

Fireworks - A pyrotechnic display will be put on by Pyro Engineering, 9 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 8 (10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

Autmnfest parade - The Autumnfest Parade will kick off at 9:30 a.m. sharp on Diamond Hill Road Oct. 8.

This year's parade will feature 18 bands, including the Woonsocket High School Band, Mount Saint Charles Academy Senior Band and the Hills-Mills Comedy Clown Band.

The parade also boosts at least 11 floats from local organizations including the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, the Knights of Columbus and St. James Baptist Church.

Autumnfest button drawing -Button sales are going well, said Paul. This year's grand prize drawing at 6 p.m. will award the winner a trip to Florida, sponsored by WNRI Radio. The trip includes airfare for two and four days, three nights in Orlando, Fla.

There are also second, third and fourth-place cash prizes: $300, $200 and $100, respectively, Paul said.

Lastly, the 50/50 Autumfest button raffle should be big one this year, Paul said. This year the sales are better than in 2011, when the prize was $800. For 2012, he said he expects the prize to be at least $1,000.

Russell Archambault October 06, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Glad to see that there are no smoking areas. thanks!
Rob Borkowski October 07, 2012 at 04:17 AM
I walked the entire park Friday and I didn't smell anything amiss. Maybe you were there on a bad day?
Common Sense October 07, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Jay Dog, If you had actually paid attention in school and learned how to write the English language perhaps your dribble would have made more sense. At least Autumnfest will be blessed with not having you in attendance for the rest of the weekend. I think I lost IQ points actually reading and understanding some of your comment.
Patches October 07, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I miss going to Autum fest an dscituate art festival,but sinc emy husban dhad heart surgery an dvalve replacement,and i can't work due to health problems since moving to delrico,fl,we can afford to stay in motel and driv eup there for week and got rotten relatives,for all good ones died,and now stuck withheartless SOB's,so sad,wish it would of rained all weekend,soit would of been ruined for I can't be there?
Russell Archambault October 08, 2012 at 01:35 AM
PATCHES; are you related to "Jason aks Jay Dog" or did you go to same college ?


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