ATTLEBORO — The Expo for the Senses returns to the city’s downtown on Saturday, June 25, after a three-year hiatus. (The rain date is June 26.)
In 2019, the event was canceled in order to reorganize and improve it.
And in 2020 and 2021, it was canceled because of the coronavirus.
This year’s Expo will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on the east side of the railroad arch in the area of Attleboro City Hall and Museum of Art.
“I really hope people will attend this year’s Expo for the Senses,” said one of the organizers, Dianne Falk. “Now we just need the weather to cooperate.”
In years past, the event started at noon, but the decision was made to change the start time so as not to conflict with the Attleboro Farmer’s Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Capron Park.
Also, the late afternoon and early evening tend to be cooler.
This year, the Expo will feature eight artisans selling their artistic products.
Ten local jewelry makers will feature items for sale as well as past, present and future jewelry trends.
A large-scale rock wall, three bungee trampolines and a zip line will add to the fun this year. The zip line will stretch 200 feet down Union Street.
Six restaurants will serve hot dishes and cold drinks.
Hong Kong Treasures, The Burgundian, Chick-Fil-A and Del’s Lemonade will be on hand to serve some of their most popular dishes.
Expo organizers are looking for two additional food vendors, either a food truck or a local restaurant. Those interested should call Falk at 508-951-7495.
The Kids Court will feature crafts for children, free face painting, glitter tattoos and caricatures.
Sand sculpture and chalk drawing exhibits and a human statue will also be on display, and the festival is expected to attract thousands of people.
Pony rides by Ponies for Parties have been added this year as well as traveling waders.
Live alpacas from Kave Rock Farm will also be on hand.
A grand raffle will take place in the jewelry section of the Expo. It includes fine jewelry, area restaurant gift cards, memberships and gift baskets. Free raffle tickets are in Expo advertisements in The Sun Chronicle. The newspaper is one of the sponsors of the event.
In addition, a silent auction will take place. Winners will be announced at the event.
Bristol County Savings Bank is back as title sponsor.
The Edge Fitness Club sponsors the Extreme Combo, which features a large rock wall and three bungee trampolines for flying and acrobatic rides.
The Attleboro campuses of Bridgewater State University and Bristol Community College are co-sponsors of the sand sculpture, and Engineered Materials Solutions is the 2022 face paint and glitter tattoo sponsor.
The Expo has 13 streetlight banner sponsors.
If the sky looks threatening, call 774-203-1800 to find out if the Expo will go ahead as planned or if the June 26 rain date will be needed.
Expo for the Senses planners include Mayor Paul Heroux, Nancy Young, owner of Attleboro Jewelers, Mim Brooks Fawcett of the Attleboro Arts Museum, Dianne Falk, owner of Cardinal Graphic Design, and James Jones, COO of DoubleACS – Attleboro Access Cable System.
George W Rhodes can be reached at 508-236-0432.
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