Lower Providence celebrates Community Fall Festival on Oct. 5

Lower Providence Township is hosting its Community Fall Festival on Oct. 5 that you won’t want to miss. The 26th annual Community Fall Festival, held at the township complex (100 Parklane Drive, Eagleville) will feature many different things and have something for everyone.

“Last year, we celebrated the 25th Annual Community Fall Festival which had the largest attendance ever, with approximately 8,000 people turning out for the event,” said Karen Hegedus, Recreation Superintendent for Lower Providence. “It has become a Township Fall tradition, and we are looking forward to another great community turnout again this year.”

The free family events that will be offered include scarecrow making, pumpkin patch, glitter tattoos, face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo. There will also be family hayrides for $2 per person (children three and under are free).

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“The goal of the Community Fall Festival is to provide an enjoyable, inexpensive day for the entire community to come together and enjoy,” said Karl Lukens, Parks & Recreation Director for Lower Providence Township.

The business courtyard portion of the event will include a local business showcase, with businesses ready to discuss what they offer and will feature lots of giveaways. There will also be many vendors and crafters, with lots of goods to see.

With the purchase of a $5 wristband, kids will gain passage to the Fall Fun Zone - filled with inflatables, trampolines and more - where they can play for the entire day.

“There are exciting new attractions lined up for this year’s annual Community Fall Festival. We have a Mascot Run, so come out, and cheer for local business mascots as they go for the gold in a 50-yard dash,” Hegedus said.

The ‘Touch a Truck’ area will be sure to delight with so many different things to see. Among the features included will be the Arnold’s Pumpkin Car, Lower Providence fire truck, Lower Providence police car, Lower Providence ambulance, Montgomery County Bomb Squad, Red Cross Disaster truck and the Penn Star helicopter. Fall Fling car show winners will also be there displaying their classic cars.

“Other newcomers (to the event) include a pumpkin car, a “punkin chunkin’’ machine, and a rolling video game truck has been added to the “Touch a Truck” area,” Hegedus said.

Lots of food vendors will be on hand such as Chick-Fil-A, Café Excellence, Stewarts Root Beer and Chili Dogs, Wildes Woodfire Pizza, LP Optimist Club, Funnel Cake and Fried Oreos.

The Parks and Recreation Department, with assistance from the Parks Crew, Township staff, and Parks and Recreation Board members, all work together with corporate sponsors to make the Community Fall Festival come together.

“It takes a lot of coordination to make this event a success,” Hegedus said.

Hegedus noted that there are many different parties involved in organizing this large scale event. The Parks and Recreation department works with the Township Police Department for traffic flow/parking; the Parks Maintenance Crew assists with the set-up/layout and clean-up of tables, tents and items; and the Community Relations Coordinator organizes the Business Courtyard area and is responsible event publicity. Each Parks and Recreation staff member is responsible for a specific area during set-up and event times. Several Park Board members assist throughout the day with different activities.

This year’s sponsors include: TD Bank, Chadwick’s Restaurant, Shannondell at Valley Forge, the Club at Shannondell, J.P. Mascaro & Sons, Main Line Health, Paoli Hospital, Collegeville Agway, Exelon Limerick Generating Station, Penn Liberty Bank, PJM Interconnection, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Lower Providence Community Library, McMahon Associates, Inc., and PECO.

“Most of the event attractions are provided by sponsorship money, and are free to the community,” Hegedus said. “We are fortunate to have corporate sponsorships to assist with this community event.”

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the rain date is Sunday October 6. There’s still time for interested craft, non-profit and business vendors to register. Call (610) 635-3543 for information.