Gloversville’s Fall Fest draws costumed crowd

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GLOVERSVILLE — For the many costumed children in attendance at Gloversville’s 10th annual Fall Fest on Saturday, you could have easily renamed the event “Halloween: Part 1.”

Gloversville resident Henry Hallenbeck, 7, took home enough candy given away by the 54 vendors at Fall Fest to fill his trick-or-treating basket, something he and his mother expects he will do again during city-wide trick-or treating Oct. 31.

Hallenbeck dressed as the Star Wars bounty hunter “The Mandalorian,” complete with an animatronic Grogu — more commonly known as “Baby Yoda” — which helped him take home the headless golden skeleton statuette Fall Fest trophy for funniest costume.

“I thought it would be nice, and cool, to be the Mandalorian, and baby Yoda wanted to go trick-or-treating!” Hallenbeck said standing under the gazebo at Trial Station Park, after the judging of the costume contest.

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The 10th Annual Fall Fest, the last of the Gloversville Recreation Commission events for 2022, was a free event featuring many fall-themed activities, including pumpkin painting, several bounce houses, and potato sack races, including one race featuring four Gloversville Police Officers.

Recreation Commission board member Jordan Twardy, who owns event planning company Jurassik Jamz Entertainment, acted as the master of ceremonies for the event. Twardy explained the rules for the costume contest, which included boy and girl costume trophies for the categories of funniest, scariest, most creative costume.

Gloversville resident Carolyn Leveille was the mother of both of the children who won the prize for scariest costume, Ravyn, 8, who dressed as a “female Chucky doll” and her younger sister Violette, age 3, who fooled the judges into thinking she was a boy wearing a werewolf costume.

“She really wanted to win the contest,” Ravyn said of her sister.

Twardy said one of the new features of Fall Fest was JAK The Visual Deception Artist who wowed attendees with his stunts and illusions. Twardy said the cloudy weather and cool temperature Saturday was unable to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd.

“We’ve had a ton of people here, and I feel like we had a lot more costumes than we did last year,” he said.

The strong attendance at Fall Festival was helpful to both the for-profit vendors at the festival as well as non-profit entities looking to raise money. Tanyalynnette Grimes, CEO of the Micropolis Development Group, had three vending tables in operation at Fall Fest, one each for the Happy Mug Cafe, the Pines Restaurant at the Kingsboro Golf Club and for the Community Foundation of the Adirondack Foothills, which operates the annual Festival of Hope Thanksgiving free meal delivery.

Grimes said she sold about $1,000 worth of caramel apples at her Community Foundation table, the proceeds of which will go towards tackling the cost of this year’s edition of the Festival of Hope.

“Turkeys are three times as expensive as they were last year and so last year we did everything for around $24,000, and this year it’s going to be $43,000 for the exact same amount of things,” she said.

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By Jason Subik

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