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Angry Birds Rumored to Appear at Burke Centre Festival

... but not in the wine tent, please.

The young man unawares of the superhero behind him will really get a thrill should he attend this weekend’s Burke Centre Festival, Sept. 7 and 8, and spot Angry Birds roaming festival grounds.

The young man unawares of the superhero behind him will really get a thrill should he attend this weekend’s Burke Centre Festival, Sept. 7 and 8, and spot Angry Birds roaming festival grounds. Photo by Chelsea H. Bryan.

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The Burke Centre Festival boasts not only superheroes, but also superstars. Check out Mikel and Lisa from the band Milkshake on the stage at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Get a taste of what you’re in for at www.milkshakemusic.com.

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Robert Munson of West Springfield gets assistance across a rope bride or "Monkey Bridge" by Boy Scouts Tony Kresslein (left) and Zayn Khurshid of the Burke Boy Scout Troop 1345. If "scouting activities" like these are a mystery to you, the Burke Centre Festival is an adventurous place where you and your little ones can be enlightened.

The word around the neighborhood is that Angry Birds are preening to make an appearance at the Burke Centre Festival, with sidekicks Spongebob and Elmo, too. They’ll be at home in the whimsy and sport that is the Burke Centre Festival, at 6060 Burke Centre Parkway, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. They might not be at the wine garden though (5-10 p.m. Saturday only). But everywhere else? Fair game. Amongst the places you might spot them are the misting tent, stages full of dancers, bands and singers, participating in sports demos, at police displays, shopping with the ladies, eating festival food, at a wildlife show, face painting, browsing the arts & crafts booths, or on amusement rides. As any of the characters would tell you, the Burke Centre Festival is designed to entertain literally everyone.

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Crafty gals and guys will find many-a-ware from the offerings of arts & crafts vendors and in the shopping tents on Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Burke Centre Festival.

Children of all ages can expect to have the time of their lives. And it’s free.

Community service, fundraiser and children’s booth applicants, as well as candidates for elected positions can still enter into the festival to snag a spot to chat with passerbys. Volunteers are also still needed. Go to http://www.burkecentreweb.com/sub_category_list.asp?category=37&title=Annual+Festival to register and generally get hyped up for the weekend of pure, unadulterated fun.