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City Park Fall Fest activities change due to weather

City Park Fall Fest activities change due to weather

Editor's note: Due to the weather, the City of Hagerstown announces the following changes to Fall Fest. The Porchfest portion of the co-partnered event has been canceled due to safety concerns regarding anticipated rainfall for the weekend.  Outdoor activities for City Park Fall Fest are being canceled or moved indoors where possible. The four City Park Museums are working together to facilitate a safe and enjoyable event indoors and in sheltered areas this Saturday from 10am – 4pm.              Pick-up an event passport to be stamped at each museum location.  Enjoy free, fun family activities including covered hay wagon rides between the museum sites, indoor activities with art, and recreation opportunities inside or under pavilions. 
Activities at each location include:
·        City Park Train Hub:  free tours, climb inside and explore several cabooses, balloon creations, face painting, and community art project under the train pavilion
·        Mansion House: free activities include artists on the porch, arts and crafts, free refreshments and children’s activities
·        Fine Arts Museum:  free exhibit tours, slime creations, arts activities and vendors, and a weaving demonstration
·        Lake Pavilion:  information booth with passports available, plus refreshments and snacks with Nina’s Curbside café
·        Hager House:  Free house tours and new exhibit, the Hager House Restoration Tour. Living history demonstrators on site including flax spinning, Native American dance, and live music by colonial-era re-enactors. Plus, ‘Chain Saw Carvings by Chris’ and food by Bella’s Bites. 
Visit four stops along the event passport and receive four stamps to exchange your completed event passport for a discount to a local business in downtown Hagerstown. 
               Event activities are subject to change.  For the most up-to-date information please like us on Facebook at ‘Hagerstown Parks and Recreation’.  More details on activities at City Park Fall Fest can be viewed at:


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 variety of children's activities will be available during Fall Fest at City Park (Herald-Mail file photo)

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)

If you go …

WHAT: City Park Fall Festival and Porchfest 
WHERE: Hagerstown City Park, 501 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown; Porchfest takes place at various outdoor locations along South Prospect Street in Hagerstown 
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 15 — City Park Fall Festival: 10 to 4 p.m.; Porchfest 12 to 4 p.m.
COST: Free admission; $5 per person for boat rides at City Park Lake
CONTACT: Go to or call 301-739-8577, ext. 883

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