Huge turnout for an­nual fes­ti­val

The Ambler Gazette - - DATEBOOK - By Eric Devlin

It was be­gin­ning to look and feel a lot like fall as Whit­pain Town­ship cel­e­brated the 15th an­nual Fall Har­vest Fes­ti­val at Wentz Run Park Oct. 12 from 11 to 5 p.m.

The trees were slowly be­gin­ning to change color be­fore the breezy clear day. Many fes­ti­val­go­ers cel­e­brat­ing the sea­son made sure to wear a light jacket or sweat­shirt as there was a slight chill in the air.

TKH Iun-fiOOHG DIWHUnRRn had some­thing in store for the whole fam­ily as the fes­ti­val fea­tured a pet­ting zoo, hayrides, a pump­kin patch, JDPHs, IDFH SDLnWLnJ, Ln­flDWable moon­bounces as well as plenty of ven­dors for shop­ping, food pro­vided by P.J. Whe­li­han’s and a DJ to keep the crowd en­er­gized.

Whit­pain po­lice and Cen­tre Square Fire Com­pany along with Sec­ond Alarm­ers Res­cue Squad were also there to keep the event safe and of­fered those in­ter­ested a tour of the var­i­ous ve­hi­cles.

hurt Baker, Whit­pain Town­ship di­rec­tor of parks and re­cre­ation, called the event a huge suc­cess and thanked a num­ber of spon­sors for help­ing to put it all to­gether. He gave spe­cial thanks to Ge­n­e­sis Credit rnion and Wisler Pearl­s­tine LLP for spon­sor­ing a num­ber of the chil­dren’s at­trac­tions.

He also thanked Grace Bap­tist Church for vol­un­teer­ing to help clean up the venue the next day.

He said the turnout had been over­whelm­ing. NorPDOOy SDUNLnJ fiOOs uS around 12:45 p.m. dur­ing the event, which re­quires at­ten­dees to take a shut­tle bus, buW WKLs yHDU SDUNLnJ fiOOHG an hour ear­lier, he said.

The event is a lot of work for a three-per­son depart­ment, Baker said, thank­ing the vol­un­teers from the Wis­sahickon High School In­ter­act Club and the Rotary Club who helped set up the event and man the tents.

“We couldn’t do it with out them,” he said.

In the fu­ture, Baker said he’d like to see the event be­come a community event to help lighten the load on the depart­ment and vol­un­teers by or­ga­niz­ing a com­mit­tee to over­see the event. Baker said 80 craft ven­dors, civic as­so­ci­a­tions, po­lit­i­cal par­ties and spon­sors all had tables lin­ing the paths at the park.

Mea­gan Mur­ray, of Philadel­phia, said the pet adop­tions groups at­tracted her to the fes­ti­val and that she wanted to grab a pump­kin as well. She also said she wanted to check out the ven­dors. Mur­ray said she was sur­prised by the turnout and scale of the event, not­ing it was a lot larger than she an­tic­i­pated, and called it a great fam­ily event.

Blue Bell res­i­dent Matt Brooks echoed Mur­ray’s com­ments, say­ing he was sur­prised by the size of the event. He said it was lot big­ger than he thought it would be. Tak­ing in the event with his wife and two daugh­ters, Brooks said his girls liked all of the rides and they were ea­ger to check out what the rest of the fes­ti­val had to of­fer.

Pho­tos by KATHY CANTWELL

Whit­pain po­lice Of­fi­cer Mike McGuire and Of­fi­cer Heather Roelle smile for a photo with some of the youngest vis­i­tors to the Whit­pain Fall Har­vest Fes­ti­val.

Triplets Sassie, Rand and Liam Red­ding, 15 months, of Jef­fer­son, en­joy a ride in the sun.

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