LEOMINSTER — The Starburst Committee and its premier sponsor, Leominster Credit Union, are preparing to welcome the community to the city’s annual summer event, Starburst, which will have music and fireworks for people to enjoy and the committee is seeking nominations now for its annual Citizen of the Year awards.
Starburst 2022 will be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Upper Doyle Field.
This marks the 29th year for this event, which will also be the “official” opening celebration of the Twin Cities Rail Trail.
The evening will feature a concert performed by local band Neurotic Gumbo, a nine-piece show band. They boast a three-piece horn section and are eager to rock Doyle Field with its repertoire of classic rock tunes.
The concert will be followed by the fireworks display, which begins at about 9 p.m. U.S. flags and light sticks, donated by the Leominster Rotary Club, will be offered to the children who attend. There will also be food provided by food vendors on the field and on adjacent streets.
“One of the highlights of the evening, other than the wonderful music and spectacular fireworks show, will be the naming of the city’s ‘Citizens of the Year,’ ” said Diane Sanabria, co-chair of the Citizen of the Year Committee, along with co-Chair Nancy Koski.
Each year the award is given to a deserving man and woman selected by the Starburst Committee and previous winners. Nominees for the award must be current Leominster residents, living in the city for at least 10 years.
“Past honorees have given of their time and talents to make Leominster the wonderful city all of us are proud to call home,” Sanabria said.
In 2021, Barry Cosimi and Kim Pehi were recognized for their volunteerism and service to the community.
Nomination forms are available at: Leominster City Hall, 25 West St.; Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., and the Office of Emergency Management, 37 Carter St. Nominations may be left at any of these locations or can be mailed to the Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 25 West St., Leominster MA 01453.
The closing date for nominations is June 17.
Prime contributors to Starburst 2022 are the Leominster Credit Union and the Leominster Cultural Council.
“Most of the event’s sponsors and patrons are local merchants and businesses and the committee encourages everyone to support them,” said Sanabria. “And best of all, Starburst is, as it is every year, a free event.”
A rain date has been set for Aug. 28.