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Rose Arts Festival takes place Saturday in Norwich

A month now, roots act Dustbowl Revival will be jetting off to England for a tour of the UK. The follows a string of American festival dates where they'll appear with the likes of Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Lake Street Dive, Father John Misty and so on.

Most importantly — to us 'round here, anyway — is that this excellent and ascending band headlining Saturday's Rose Arts Festival in Norwich is representative of what a big deal the fest has become. Add to that another sterling national act in Gulf Coast soul band The Suffers, and Rose Arts is truly rolling.

Indeed, after the profound silence of COVID, the fest is back and primed to reestablish the quality and momentum that makes it one of the finest free community festivals in the region. Dozens of other regional and local musical acts, also including Bella's Bartok and Mikaela Davis, will perform on stages throughout Chelsea Park Parade — site of the day-side events — and through historic downtown Norwich at night.

Music is hardly all the appeal. Crafts and family fun booths, food, races, exhibitions, entertainment and competitions — culinary, arts, floral design, the Rose Court — combine in a fine array of community celebration. Fittingly, the Rose City folks want you to know you're welcome to join the fun.

For more on the Rose Arts Festival, see Friday's Daybreak section.

Rose Arts Festival, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Chelsea Parade, and 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, downtown Norwich; free; www.roseartsfestival.com.

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