Attleboro Celebrates Expo’s Return After Three Years Away | Local News


Ushering in the first weekend of summer, hundreds enjoyed the return of Expo for the Senses to downtown on Saturday.

Downtown was closed for the family event, which hadn’t taken place in three years – it was canceled in 2019 to reorganize the event and again the last two years due to the pandemic.

The Expo was later in the day this time, 4-7pm, so as not to conflict with the farmers market and for cooler weather, and that turned out to be a good call because temperatures hovered around 90 in the afternoon.

A 200-foot-long zipline set up on Union Street was a popular attraction. A long line of children waited their turn to put on a harness and helmet and lower the cable.

“It was a little scary,” Kairi Perez, 6, said after taking the ride.

Her father, Julio Perez, filmed his daughter on his phone.

“It’s fun,” Perez said of Expo. “I like the fact that there are things for children.”

Perez, his wife Jessica and his other daughter Ella, almost 2, recently moved to Attleboro from Quincy.

Another lively spot for braver kids was the town square where a full-scale stone wall and bungee trampolines have been set up.

Pony rides, unsurprisingly, were a must for many children.

“We’re having a great time,” said Kerri Desilets of North Attleboro, whose daughter, Aubrey, 4, just had her first pony ride of her young life.

The Kids Court behind the Town Hall Annex also offered crafts for children, free face painting, glitter tattoos and caricatures.

Local artists Adam Cristaldi and Dave Laferrieri did their best to keep up with a long queue to get their cartoons.

Many visited the nearby Attleboro Museum of Art, which also offered kids chalk art along Park Street.

“I think there’s a wide variety of things for kids to do,” museum volunteer Melissa Cook said of the Expo – her first. “They all look happy.”

The alpacas at Kave Rock Alpaca Farm in Rehoboth were a treat for animal lovers, and alpaca products such as gloves and socks were sold.

Artisans, jewelers and restaurants were also selling their wares, including homemade soap and jams, along with a historical exhibit highlighting the city’s illustrious jewelery past.

Easton’s Alex Wilson drew a chalk-colored scene of a sailboat gliding down a waterway at sunset in chalk in front of the City Hall Annex.

There was even a “moving human statue” – a woman painted gold in a large flower vase under the railway arch.

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum on Union Street was open during Expo and after the event at Cuddy Court on Park Street a folk group gave a free concert and there was a martial arts demonstration .

Prior to Expo, the Attleboro Public Library held an open house/grand reopening to show off its multi-million dollar renovation project, complete with an entertaining Vermont folk duo.


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