METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – The city will have its moment in the spotlight next weekend, as the cast and crew of the adventure reality show “The Fireball Run” will film in Marlborough during the Oktoberfest celebration.
“The Fireball Run” is an eight-day, 2,000-mile life-size trivial pursuit game that features city history, places and sites. Forty driving teams compete to solve clues that lead to points of interest, where contestants can complete challenges and earn points.
Meredith Harris, executive director of the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation, said show officials expressed interest last month in having Marlborough be used as a checkpoint for a competition that begins in western New York and ends in Amesbury.
“We were excited,” said Harris. “We saw it as a great opportunity to show off our community spirit and downtown in particular.”
During next Saturday’s Oktoberfest, Fireball Run competitors will arrive on Main Street at noon. They will then receive clues that will lead them to two undisclosed locations in the city where they will be informed of their next destination.
The show has approximately 4 million viewers and is streamed on Roku, iTunes, Amazon Prime and Google Play. The episode is part of The Fireball Run’s 10th anniversary and will air sometime next year.
Harris encouraged residents to flood Main Street next Saturday to welcome the contestants. Harris said the series is very interactive, and residents could have an opportunity to appear on the show.
“If you’re in the downtown area, chances are you will be on the show,” said Harris. “This is really giving us an opportunity to showcase the residents and the community spirit.”
Show officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Susanne Morreale-Leeber, president and CEO of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce, believes the show’s presence in town will enhance the Oktoberfest and Heritage Festival weekend.
“It creates more excitement,” said Morreale-Leeber. “It will be a lot of fun.”
The annual Heritage Festival weekend will kick off with a new Music, Brews and BBQ celebration on the top deck of the municipal parking garage behind City Hall on Friday, Sept. 30.
The celebration will continue with Saturday’s Oktoberfest and wrap up Sunday with the Heritage Festival, which will feature performers, food vendors, crafters, cultural displays, children’s activities, the popular Chowder and Chili Challenge and other attractions.
For more information, a full schedule of the weekend’s festivities or to purchase tickets to the Oktoberfest or Music, Brews and BBQ event, visit www.marlboroughheritagefestival.com.
This article by JeffMalachoski originally appeared here.