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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-15-2020

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14 AUTUMNFEST MEMORIES OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET COURTESY OF WOONSOCKET HARRIS PUBLIC LIBRARY Antique cars cruise Main Street during the first Autumnfest parade in 1979. 1979 COURTESY OF WOONSOCKET HARRIS PUBLIC LIBRARY Visitors to the 1981 Autumnfest enjoy food row. 1981 COURTESY OF WOONSOCKET HARRIS PUBLIC LIBRARY Children have their faces painted by a clown at the 1981 Autumnfest. Autumnfest through the years The first Autumnfest in the city took place Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 6-8, 1979. Then- state Rep. Roger Begin had the idea for the first celebration as an event that could gather resi- dents and bring a sense of spirit and pride to the city. Opening festivities were held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 6, when Begin and then-Mayor Gerard Bouley addressed a crowd in World War II Veterans Memorial Park. Since then, Autumnfest has been held every year until this year, when the Autumnfest Steering Committee was forced to cancel the main event due to concerns around COVID-19. The committee said they'll be back next year to continue the Autumnfest tradition in the city. Orthopedic Care • Sports Medicine Worker's Compensation & Rehabilitation Pre & Post Surgery Rehabilitation Intramuscular Manual Therapy (dry needling) $10/Month Gym Program for Discharged Patients 401-356-1447 • www.riphysicaltherapysportsmedicine.com 621 Pound Hill Rd, Suite 101, North Smithfield, RI 02896 Located in Pound Hill Office & Business Park. Next to Wide World of Indoor Sports RHODE ISLAND Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Amy Glaude-Marcos, PT George Sparrow, PT, DPT

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