City Park Fall Fest activities change due to weather
There will be twice the fun to take part in during a day of community bonding through free, family activities.
Organized by the city of Hagerstown, the fourth annual City Park Fall Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept.15, at Hagerstown’s City Park.
The Fall Festival is also in partnership with Porchfest Hagerstown which will feature bands performing on porches along historic South Prospect Street from noon to 4 p.m.
Transportation will be in the form of a bus that will take people between the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and South Prospect Street, along with hayrides that will go throughout the Railroad Museum, Mansion House, Hager House and the fine arts museum.
An “activity passport” will be given to attendees at certain locations where they will receive a stamp after each visit.
Amy Riley, recreation coordinator for the city of Hagerstown’s Parks & Recreation, said from there, individuals can take their stamps to participating businesses to receive discounts.
“We’re still working out those details, but there’ll be an incentive to complete your passport to be able to take it to get a discount at a participating business in downtown,” Riley said.
Each location will feature activities. For example, Hager House will have craft vendors with homemade items such as toys that build hand-eye coordination, handmade wooden bowls, personalized greeting cards and painted Christmas ornaments.
“While the event is free, we still want folks to bring some money in their pockets if they’d like to shop our vendor area at the Jonathan Hager House,” Riley said.
A living-history area will be on display that will include Native American dance performances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Additional activities include a petting zoo, pony rides and a community art project.
At Hagerstown Railroad Museum, there will be bounce houses, Tommy 202 children’s train rides and barrel-cart rides.
Other activities at the Mansion House and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will include games, face painting, arts and crafts, a chance to make slime creations, and weaving demonstrations.
Artists will be painting in the open around the park.
A 3 p.m., cider and gingersnaps will be offered at the Mansion House.
A new element to this year’s fall fest is the woodcarving demonstration done with a chain saw.
The City Park Pavilion will have paddle boats, canoes, and kayaks available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At $5 per person, individuals can move around the lake for 30 minutes.
An information booth will be set up, along with a rock wall and face-painting area.
In conjunction with the fall festival, Cumberland Valley Model Yacht Club (CVMYC) will be racing radio-controlled model sailboats. Races will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Dragon Force 65 sailboats will be used on the water and larger sailboats will be on display.
CVMYC is in its third year of racing at City Park and is a member of the American Model Yachting Association.
Food vendors such as Bella Bites and Pork Authority will offer a variety of edibles.
Riley added that the festival continues to grow each year and is a successful event in the community.
Top photo: Face painting will be available for children during Fall Fest at City Park. (Herald-Mail file photo)