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