Mayor Larry Antoskiewicz recently announced that the annual Harvest Festival that was scheduled for Sunday, September 18, has been canceled. He added that the Halloween Madness event, scheduled for Saturday, October 22, will not only go on, but be enhanced with some of the events that would have been included with the Harvest Fest.
The Harvest Fest has taken place for many years, sponsored by the Holiday Lighting Committee. The event started as a fund-raiser to help pay for the holiday lights on the City Green. With Covid, the event had not taken place for a couple of years, just as other city-sponsored events, but was scheduled for this year. Antoskiewicz said that the event was canceled in early September because of lack of vendors and a lack of sales of the doo-doo-drop, which was the primary fund-raising aspect of the event. He said he did not know at this time whether the event will come back next year.
The Halloween Madness event will take place on Saturday, October 22, from 2 to 6 p.m. on the City Green. Antoskiewicz said that there will be plenty of fun for the entire family, with a bounce house, magician, music, a pumpkin-decorating contest and craft vendors. Kids are invited to come in costume for a costume contest. Fall and Halloween decorations will abound, even an old-fashioned hearse for that spooktacular effect! In addition, the maze from the Harvest Festival and petting zoo will also be featured.
“We are trying to make it a nice, fun event,” said Antoskiewicz.
By GLORIA PLEVA KACIK