Cel­e­brate Au­tumn!

North Penn Life - - Front Page - By Amanda Pic­cir­illi apic­cir­illi@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

There was plenty of fall fun for Mont­gomery Town­ship res­i­dents and sur­round­ing neigh­bors as the town­ship’s 12th an­nual Au­tumn Fes­ti­val was held Satur­day at Wil­liam F. Maule Park at Windlestrae.

Tak­ing over dozens of acres, the fes­ti­val pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment for all ages, of­fer­ing games and amuse­ments to kids, while also host­ing ed­u­ca­tional lessons for par­ents.

“To­day has been ab­so­lutely great,” said Bob Birch, chair­man of the fes­ti­val and the town­ship su­per­vi­sor. “We’ve had a con­stant crowd to­day and I think lots of that has to do with the weather.”

With sev­eral years of light crowds due to bit­ter tem­per­a­tures and rain, the weather gods were on the town­ship’s side, as blue skies and tem­per­a­tures in the high 50s pro­vided a per­fect fam­ily out­ing.

Kick­ing off dur­ing the late morn­ing, Au­tumn Fes­ti­val was filled with ac­tion-packed demon­stra­tions throughout the day. Per­form­ing in front of live crowds were mem­bers of Amer­i­can Gym­nas­tics and Cheer and Corsello’s Kenpo Karate.

Fam­i­lies had the op­por­tu­nity to meet and talk with po­lice, fire and emer­gency re­spon­ders from Mont­gomery Town­ship. First re­spon­ders were on-site show­cas­ing po­lice cars, fire trucks and am­bu­lances.

Dur­ing the day, there were two demon­stra­tions by the po­lice K-9 unit. Also mak­ing a stop was the Pen­nS­TAR he­li­copter, which landed right in the mid­dle of the park.

In­flat­a­bles, fin­ger paint­ing, hay rides, a corn maze, mu­sic, a pet­ting zoo, pump­kin dec­o­rat­ing, pony rides and scare­crow mak­ing were all op­tions for kids throughout the af­ter­noon.

Mak­ing her own scare­crow was 6-year-old Emma Davis, who re­ceived help from her mom, Jaime.

“Fall is our fa­vorite time of the year,” said Jaime Davis. “Our fam­ily tries to get out as much as pos­si­ble and en­joy ac­tiv­i­ties like this. Events like this are what give you mem­o­ries to last a life time. Plus, see­ing the smile on her face is worth it the most.”

The mother-daugh­ter duo was able to dress and stuff their scare­crow to their lik­ing. They planned on tak­ing him home and sit­ting him on the front porch.

Caus­ing heads to turn, Star Wars char­ac­ters, as well as SpongeBob SquarePants and Spi­der­man, were on-site, al­low­ing kids and grown-ups to have their pho­tos taken with the char­ac­ters.

For those who like to act silly, a photo booth with props al­lowed event go­ers to dress up and have their pic­ture taken walk­ing away with a free sou­venir.

Over 30 booths, which were com­prised of both ven­dors and crafters, were sit­u­ated throughout the com­plex, pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on an abun­dance of top­ics like pet adoption, health and fit­ness, child care and safety.

Mike Vit­ter, 35, from Warmin­ster, was en­joy­ing the fes­ti­val food with his fam­ily, which he said re­minded him of his youth.

“Come on, you can’t come to an event like this and not eat cot­ton candy,” he said. “Eat­ing this and see­ing Storm Troop­ers is crack­ing me up.”

Pro­vid­ing food for the event was Allen’s, Dunkin Donuts, Lee’s Hoa­gies, Lu­cas Pizza, Mys­tic Pizza, The Sta­dium North/The Tail­ga­tor, Texas Road­house and Wilke Way.

Right, the North Wales Wa­ter Author­ity wizard mas­cot greets chil­dren dur­ing the Mont­gomery Town­ship

Au­tumn Fes­ti­val Satur­day.

Be­low, Abby Peters,10, right, along with other chil­dren and their fam­i­lies make scare­crows dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

Above, Mont­gomery Town­ship K-9

Of­fi­cer Dan Rose and Duke par­tic­i­pate in a demon­stra­tion.

Above, Claire Kassa, 6, proudly holds a pump­kin she just dec­o­rated.

Right, Jes­sica Beaver, left, and

Nora Curran dec­o­rate pump

kins.

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