Harvest Fest set for Sunday
First-time event includes hay rides, movie screening
A brand new event will bring hayrides, line dancing and other autumnal activities to Newark on Sunday.
The Mayor’s Harvest Festival runs from 3 to 8:30 p.m. at Olan Thomas Park, located at the corner of Paper Mill Road and Cleveland Avenue.
“It will be a great, community fall gathering,” said Mayor Polly Sierer, who is organizing the event with support from the Newark Parks and Recreation Department.
For the last three years, Sierer had organized a Halloween fun run but decided to focus on a different kind of event this year because there are plenty of other running events in Newark, she said. The city sponsors an annual Halloween parade, but did not have a harvest-themed event in the past.
Holding it at Olan Thomas Park will introduce people to a park that typically isn’t used for events and also provides access to the Pomeroy Trail and Creek Road, which will be used for the hayrides, Sierer said.
Other attractions will include food trucks, music, games, crafts, pony rides, a maze and Axxiom Escape Rooms’ mobile escape room. The event will culminate in an outdoor showing of the movie “Hocus Pocus” at 6:30 p.m.
Admission to the festival is free, but there will be a nominal charge for some activities.
Most of the event was paid for by sponsors and vendor fees. The money left over will be donated to the parks and recreation department.
“It gets the community’s businesses involved and gets the citizens involved,” Sierer said. “That’s the important part for me.”
Free parking for the event is available at Curtis Mill Park, Old Paper Mill Park, Newark Toyota World and Newark Shopping Center. For those who wish to bike to the event, portable bicycle racks will be available.
Pumpkins, hay bales and other supplies are gathered for the Mayor’s Harvest Festival on Sunday.