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Opinion

October 25, 2013

Thanks for making Fall Festival a big success

To the editor:

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the newly reformed Amesbury Downtown Business Association (ADBA) revived its annual Fall Festival. The weather cooperated and was beautiful, the attendance was amazing, and by all accounts the event was a big success. As a result the ADBA would like to share its sincere appreciation with the many involved in making it happen.

First, we’d like to thank all of the vendors for their participation. Over 25 food, craft, jewelry and service-providing vendors participated and we would be happy to have them all back next year. Thank you so much for your attendance, and we hope their day was a success. Vendors who’d like to participate in this fun family event next year should contact the ADBA.

Without our sponsors, much of the event could not have taken place. So a very big thank-you to the Amesbury Police Department, Bertram & Oliver Booksellers of Amesbury, IRA Toyota of Tewksbury, Stone Ridge Properties of Amesbury, Street Delivery of Newburyport, Wojcicki Development of Amesbury and the ADBA.

The music at our event was outstanding, despite the absence of the 40-member Massachusetts Army National Guard Band, who was unable to participate as a result of the government shutdown. We welcome them to participate next year in any one of our events. To those who were in attendance, we’ve heard nothing but praise for their talent. Thank you to The Merrimac Hat Company, The Northern, Elvis Tribute Artist Rick Andrade, Bill Plante and our own ADBA member Ed Justen playing his saxophone around town. Thank you as well to Robert Difazio, owner of the old Amesbury Post Office building, and his office administrator, Maryann Clark, for allowing and coordinating with us for The Merrimac Hat Company and The Northern to perform in their parking lot. Bringing the celebration to that section of town was welcomed and enjoyed by the business owners located there.

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