Dun­dalk’s Fall Fest set to bring au­tumn thrills, chills to all ages

Sea­sonal celebration set for this Satur­day

The Dundalk Eagle - - OPINION - By NICOLE RODMAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

Quick — grab your cos­tume and trick or treat bag! The 9th an­nual Dun­dalk Fam­ily Fall Fes­ti­val is this Satur­day, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Vet­er­ans Park at the Dun­dalk Vil­lage Shopping Cen­ter.

As in years past, the event will fea­ture a wide va­ri­ety of sea­sonal ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing cos­tume con­tests for in­di­vid­u­als and dogs, trick or treat­ing in the shopping cen­ter, pump­kin dec­o­rat­ing, scare­crow mak­ing and more.

The an­nual tra­di­tion will also in­clude music, scary sto­ries, arts and crafts, face paint­ing, a book mo­bile and a va­ri­ety of ven­dors.

The event is spon­sored by the Dun­dalk Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion (DRC) in con­junc­tion with the Bal­ti­more County Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices.

Ac­cord­ing to DRC com­mu­nity en­gage­ment co­or­di­na­tor Nathan Cabr­era, the event will in­clude more ven­dors than in years past, in­clud­ing craft ven­dors from this year’s Mak­ers Mar­kets and busi­nesses from the neigh­bor­ing shopping cen­ter.

A va­ri­ety of lo­cal busi­nesses from across Dun­dalk will be in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing Dunkin’ Donuts — which will of­fer free cof­fee — and Sweet Frog frozen yo­gurt.

Many com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions will also be on hand to pro­vide treats, games and in­for­ma­tion on their ac­tiv­i­ties across the area.

There will be a lit­tle some­thing for ev­ery­one at the event, Cabr­era noted, ex­plain­ing that the va­ri­ety of ven­dors will ap­peal to all ages.

“I’m al­ways try­ing to think about ev­ery­body,” he said.

“There is some­thing to do for ev­ery­one — old, young, com­ing alone or com­ing with a group,” he added.

The ad­ja­cent Dun­dalk Farm­ers Mar­ket will also be in full swing from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., though lovers of fresh pro­duce should hurry — Oct. 29 is the mar­ket’s last day of the sea­son.

For Cabr­era, the event serves an im­por­tant pur­pose.

“It’s another way to bring pos­i­tiv­ity to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

He added, “It brings a lot of the com­mu­nity to­gether — schools, busi­nesses and as­so­ci­a­tions.”

Vis­i­tors, he noted, will get the chance to have a good time while learn­ing more about what is go­ing on in their com­mu­nity.

Later that very busy day, adults can kick up their heels at the DRC’s Hal­loween fundraiser, dubbed the Ghost Roast. The event will be held at Jimmy’s Fa­mous Seafood, 6526 Ho­labird Ave., from 6 to 10 p.m. Tick­ets are $35 each and pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the DRC.

Be­yond Hal­loween, the DRC is al­ready hard at work plan­ning the next big event, the an­nual Hol­i­day Hoopla.

Set for Satur­day, Dec. 3, the hol­i­day tra­di­tion, mounted in co­op­er­a­tion with the Dun­dalk-East­field Recre­ation Coun­cil, will in­clude a coun­cil-spon­sored Christ­mas pa­rade and Santa in the Park and the DRC-run cookie tour and street fair.

The Dun­dalk-Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will also open its Christ­mas train gar­den for pub­lic view­ing on that day.

For now, though, the DRC is focused on put­ting on the big­gest Fam­ily Fall Fes­ti­val Dun­dalk has ever seen.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the dog cos­tume con­test will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.; the con­test is set for 11:30 a.m. to noon.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the cos­tume pa­rade and con­test for ba­bies to adults will be held from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. The con­test will be held from noon to 1 p.m., fol­lowed by trick or treat­ing in the shopping cen­ter.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the DRC at 410-282-0261 or visit dun­dalkusa.org. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @NRod­man_Ea­gle.

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