Fall Fest and costume parade set

Youngsters compete in a potato sack race Oct. 21, 2017 during the FallFest at the Rail Trail Park sponsored by the Gloversville Recreation Commission. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

GLOVERSVILLE — Halloween treats will come a few weeks early during the annual Fall Fest on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Trail Station Park followed by a children’s costume parade and trick-or-treating at 4:30 p.m.

The free family friendly event put on by the Gloversville Recreation Commission will feature an afternoon full of seasonal games and activities, vendors, music, food and more.

“It’s a nice day for the kids to get out with their other family members and have a good time,” recreation commission member Logan Barclay said Monday.

To get area residents into the Halloween spirit, Barclay said Trail Station Park will be decorated with things like pumpkins and fun ghosts, nothing scary. Visitors will have a chance to do some decorating themselves with pumpkin painting and face painting.

Activities will be plentiful with bounce houses, potato sack races, three-legged races, a hula hoop contest, gourd races and giant checkers and Jenga. Barclay said small prizes will be given out to competition winners.

Food will be available for purchase including hot dogs and hamburgers prepared by the recreation commission and Barclay said about 27 craft vendors will be on hand.

“That’s exciting, especially for this time of year when it’s cooling down, we’re happy to have them,” he said.

Barclay said mid-October is great for one last day outside for a community event to welcome fall before the cold weather months start to set in.

“The weather is still relatively nice to do an outdoor event and get outside before the weather kicks in and we’re all cold,” he said.

Fall Fest also gives kids a chance to wear their costumes for an extra day during the children’s parade and to get a head start on their candy collections while trick-or-treating through the park.

The costume parade will start at the bridge in Trail Station Park at about 4:30 p.m. when kids will be able to visit each of the event vendors who will have candy provided by the recreation commission to pass out.

“It’s a nice safe spot for the children to get candy and we buy the candy so it’s all approved,” Barclay said. “Any kid can join if they want.”

The parade will end at the gazebo and awards for best boy, girl and family costumes will be given out.

“It’s fun to see kids in costumes having a good time,” Barclay said. “This is one of our most popular events.”

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