Windsor Zucchini Festival returns Saturday for 30th year
Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 10:50 a.m.
The people of Windsor and surrounding towns will get together to celebrate all things zucchini at the 30th annual Windsor Zucchini Festival on Saturday.
Windsor Zucchini Festival
What: Annual fundraising event features zucchini-themed activities, foods and live entertainment
When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Windsor, on County Road 234 between State Roads 26 and 20
The festival will take place at 1401 SE County Road 234 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. An opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m. will welcome everyone to the event, which will feature a cooking contest, a zucchini carving contest and a beauty pageant.
Bobbi Walton, who started the festival 30 years ago, said hours of old-fashioned games have been planned for children. They’ll also have the chance to make Mother’s Day gifts with pots and plants donated by local nurseries.
A few lucky children may even walk away with some extra change in their pockets. At certain points in the day children will be able to dig through a sand pile containing $500.
“We want this to be the most memorable day that a kid has all year round,” Walton said.
Various vendors will be set up in booths for shoppers while a live band performs, adding to the outdoor festival atmosphere. The sheriff’s department will also be in attendance teaching people about safety issues.
The highlight of the festival is, of course, the zucchini. Visitors will be able to try every type of zucchini concoction they can think of: zucchini cornbread, fried zucchini, zucchini ice cream and the list goes on.
It makes for a big country festival, Walton said. Aside from all the fun, the festival carries a significant purpose in the Windsor community, she said.
All the proceeds go to the volunteer fire department, and the success of the festival determines how many hours the community can afford to have a firefighter stationed at the firehouse.
“We have an extreme need for the support of our volunteer fire department,” Walton said, adding that the festival helps keep the firehouse up and running.
It’s a wonderful day for families and friends to get together for a worthy cause, she said.
“The best part for me is seeing it be so successful and the camaraderie and all the people that are working and how they pull this thing off,” she said. “It’s like a Windsor reunion.”
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