BRISTOL- The Force will be strong at the 2019 Mum Festival.
The Mum Festival Committee has announced a new attraction for the festival, the Saber Guild Kessel Temple. This Jedi Masters fan group will run their popular Padawan Training Institute program Saturday, Sept. 21.
Saber Guild Kessel Temple is the Connecticut chapter of an international Star Wars lightsaber performance organization. It’s a Lucasfilm-recognized, not-for-profit fan group that performs for conventions, charity events, and official Star Wars events in the local area.
The Guild will be on hand this year offering Padawan training, which teaches youngsters about the ways of the Force and how to wield a lightsaber. The suggested age group is 6 to 10. At the conclusion of the program, participants are awarded the rank of official “Jedi Padawan.”
“Each year we try to add a little extra to the Mum Festival in our efforts to offer something for everyone,” said Jack Ferraro, festival chairman. “The Padawan Training Institute program runs about 20 minutes and will be run throughout the afternoon.”
“This interactive program should be a lot of fun and participants will be able to sign up before each session at the festival on Saturday. Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend and observe as well as take lots of pictures,” Ferraro said.
“We are all excited to be joining the festivities at the Mum Festival this year! Our mission is to spread the magic of Star Wars with our local community,” said Kate Slomkowski, public relations director for Saber Guild Kessel Temple.
“Our dedicated team of Jedi masters are on a very important mission from Master Yoda - to recruit and train younglings in the Ways of the Force, and how to use a lightsaber! We look forward to meeting you all on Saturday,” Slomkowski said.
The festival this year will feature a carnival, with amusement rides, dozens of vendors from area businesses, crafters, local producers, restaurants, food trucks, community organizations, nonprofits and museums. There will also be pony rides, a petting zoo, touch-a-vehicle, hay rides, and more.
Admission is free. New this year is a reworked Thursday night program that will feature “Jazz Under the Stars,” with art, food trucks, and refreshments.
The Mum Festival Parade will kick off Sunday, Sept. 22, at 1:30 p.m.
The festival committee continues to look for community support to help offset the costs of putting on this community focused event. To make a donation in support of the festival, visit .
For more information on the festival and parade, visit .
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.