Fall Fest slated to be largest to date

Deborah Ashe of Gloversville paints a unicorn face on Sophia Russell of Johnstown at the 2018 Fall Fest in Trail Station Park in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

GLOVERSVILLE — The city Recreation Commission on Thursday went over final details for what they say will be the city’s largest Fall Fest to date on Oct. 12 from noon to 6 p.m. at Trail Station Park.

“We’ve got basically everything planned for Fall Fest. It’s grown over last year and the year before. Right now the interest on social media has actually surpassed Railfest’s,” said Recreation Commission Chairman Jeremy Krajewski during Thursday’s meeting.

The city’s annual pre-Halloween bash will once again offer children and families the opportunity to get into the spooky holiday spirit a few weeks early by taking their costumes for a candy collecting test drive while enjoying a host of free activities.

The Recreation Commission will decorate Trail Station Park for the autumnal season with family friendly flair ahead of Fall Fest, setting the tone for the return of the annual costume contest, trick-or-treating in the park and pumpkin painting.

Krajewski noted that the commission has purchased 300 pumpkins for the painting station that will be given out for free on a first come, first served basis.

A variety of contests for prizes will be held including potato sack and three legged races and a hula hoop contest. The commission also discussed adding a new cider doughnut on a string eating competition, a twist on the fall classic of bobbing for apples.

A new favorite at this year’s Railfest, Pony Riders Platoon, will be on-hand for Fall Fest, offering pony rides and a petting zoo. The event will also include three bounce houses that children can access for free, as well as face painting and giant Connect Four, checkers, Jenga and bowling. The event will also feature music spun by DJ Craig Baldwin.

Food, craft and product vendors rivaling the number present at Railfest will be set up with a variety of goods available for purchase throughout the event. Krajewski added that the Recreation Commission’s concession booth will be offering some special fall flavored items and one food vendor will be setting up a mechanical bull.

“There is going to be fun for adults and kids,” Krajewski said.

Depending on the weather forecast for Oct. 12, the Recreation Commission may close out Fall Fest with a free outdoor screening of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The commission plans to make a final decision on whether the film can be shown about a week before the event.

With purchasing “massive” amounts of candy and actually setting up at Trail Station Park on Oct. 12 the only big tasks remaining, the Recreation Commission members agreed that preparations are well in hand for this year’s Fall Fest which will likely prove once again to be a popular event with area residents.

“I think we’re going to have a good turnout,” said commission member Amanda French.

“That seems to be the trend with every event that we’ve done everything has been building,” added commission member Brandon Rowback.

By Josh Bovee

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