Area residents in search of food, fun and fireworks can find all three this weekend in Beverly.
The community is celebrating its heritage as part of a weeklong annual festival called Beverly Days, which is sponsored by the Beverly Fire Department.
"We try to make it so that as many of the events are accessible to people at little to no cost," said Beverly Fire Chief Jeff Pritt. "There are plenty of attractions for people to enjoy including music, food and the biggest fireworks display in the region."
All festival events and activities take place behind the Beverly Fire Department.
Beverly Days kicked off Wednesday with a cake walk, and continued Thursday evening with a children's parade and a pet show.
Today, festival-goers can listen to music from the band Driven, which is set to perform from 7 to 10 p.m., while enjoying a variety of foods that local vendors will be selling. A fireworks display is set to start at 10 p.m.
Saturday starts off with a craft show at 9 a.m.; a car show at the Beverly Methodist Church will follow at 10 a.m. Barbecued chicken will be served at the Fire Department at 11:30 a.m. before the parade starts at noon. Then, the famous Firemen's Water Battle will begin at 2 p.m.
A 9 a.m. horseshoe tournament will kick things off on Sunday. Other events scheduled for that day include a Muzzle-Loader Meat Shoot at 1 p.m. at the Isaac Walton Shooting Range, which will be followed by bingo at 2 p.m.
The United Methodist Church is selling parking space all weekend for the festival and all proceeds benefit the church's youth group.
"This is a way to show our appreciation for the support we get in the community," Pritt said. "It's something we are always happy to sponsor."
To learn more about the Beverly Days celebration, check out the Beverly Fire Department's Facebook page, which is listed as "Beverly Vol. Fire Dept. Company 42."
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