Large Crowds Expected For 31st Annual Essex Fun Fest

The 31st annual Essex Fun Fest is officially underway.

The four day event kicked off on Thursday at the Essex Centre Sports Complex Fairgrounds.

Event chair Joe Garon says the event includes a beer tent, live entertainment, rides and games, a watermelon eating contest along with a kids zone, a parade and fireworks.

He says this year's fireworks show takes place Saturday night just after 10pm.

"They're always a good show," says Garon.  "Almost a 20 minute show and I think the weather is going to be great for them this year."

Last year ride revenues were up six percent and about 20,000 people attended the event.