Har­vest Fest set for Sun­day

First-time event in­cludes hay rides, movie screen­ing

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Pump­kins, hay bales and other sup­plies are gath­ered for the Mayor’s Har­vest Fes­ti­val on Sun­day.

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