Dazzling Dover Days

Have you ever been to Dover Days? It is a annual event in September which occurs in Dover, Massachusetts U.S.A. It’s been going on for 32+ years. Families and friends come on that day to have some fun.

Dover Days, this year, occured on September 9, 2017 on the town common. Many nonprofit organizations use this event as a fundraiser. People come at 9:00 am – 4:00pm. It was a beautiful, sunny, warm fall day.

Image of a cute pig at the Dover Days Festival.There are many fun games and activities.  In the dunk tank, are usually teachers and parents from Chickering School (an elementary school). This is a favorite activity for students, especially dunking a teacher! For younger children, there is a petting zoo with pigs and a bouncy house. For teens and adults, there is a 5K race for those who like to run.

Before you can play games, you have to purchase tickets. Most of the games require 2 tickets to play. There are games for little kids like the lollipop tree. There are lollipops with color on the end of the lollipop stick. Each colors tell you how many tokens you get, like 10, 5, 3, 2, and 1. If you are daring, you can play the duck pool. This is how the game works, first you remove your shoes then you try to pick up a duck with your toes. On the bottom of the duck is the number of your winning tokens. The wheel of fortune is when you spin a wheel, and whatever number it lands on is the number of tokens you get. This is a popular choice for kids. There is also a bean bag toss for all ages.

Once you collect all of your tokens you can head Image of the prize table with candy, small toys, tiny purses, notebooks, jump rope, stickers and tattoos.to the prize stand to redeem your tokens. In the prize station, there are lots of candy, notebooks, pencils, toys, and many more options. Each toy or candy is worth a different number of tokens. If you want a small piece of candy, it is 1 token. If you want a large one, it would be 5 tokens. Some toys are 5 or 10 tokens, others are 15 and 20.

Do you like food? There were lots of food choices at Dover Days including cotton candy, italian ice and ice cream. If you want something savory there are also hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and french fries on the side. If you’re a bit thirsty, you can have a fizzy drink, like a soda but if you prefer not to, there is also water. If you want something without gluten then there is also some fresh salad. In addition there is a stand with cans of fresh honey. As you can see there are food choices for everyone.

Dover Days is for anyone young to old, hungry to full, … everyone! There are lots of choices for activities and of course, food. Now that you’ve heard about Dover Days, we hope you go next year. Trust us, it’s loads of fun!

Reported by Caroline and Elis


Remember the live show with juggling, cartwheels and lots more? Well you can thank the director of the FoodPlay Productions Melinda Beasi for the fun-filled performance!Logo for FoodPlay Productions - program to teach children good eating habits.

The FoodPlay program has been going on since 1982 and has already won 10 prizes for their great performance and messages about eating healthier. FoodPlay sends out a great message: Eating healthy is very important for your health. Eating healthy will make you strong as you grow up and even help you live longer. 

Over 4 million school children love FoodPlay! “About 75% of children are reporting dramatic improvements in their eating and exercising habits following the FoodPlay experience. More than 90 schools have rated this program excellent and many have said this was the best production they have ever seen.” This production is for grades K-9 and/or families. Tons of teachers have written comments that they love the FoodPlay Productions.

FoodPlay Productions came to Chickering on 10/15/2012, to teach everybody about eating right. The students and staff loved and enjoyed this production and many times we heard laughter from all grades. There was also lots of reactions from the audience to the play during the production. They make eating healthy fun! While doing tricks they are also teaching kids how to eat right. To learn more go to: www.foodplay.com .

Reported by Olivia, Loren, Katie and Matty