Pumpkin Fest returns to Glen Arbor

Photo by Charlotte Davis

From staff reports

Glen Arbor will hold its second annual Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, Oct. 21, from noon until 4 p.m. This celebration of fall will take place at the Township Park, giving participants time to carve their artistic creations, enjoy live music and plenty of activities and contests, followed by a Pumpkin lighting at 6 p.m.

Pumpkin Carving is open to kids and adults of all ages. Pumpkins will be provided to carve your masterpieces. Later, the pumpkins will be placed at the corner of the park to show off a spectacle of the lit creations just before dusk and all evening.

The fun begins at noon, with Games, Pumpkin Carving, a Craft Table and Face Painting. The Jack Pine Band returns for live music all afternoon as well.

At 1 p.m. is the costume parade for children with prizes given to winners in a range of categories. Following at 1:30 p.m. is a pet costume parade with prizes, also in a range of categories.

Then at 3 p.m. there will be the pie eating contest with prizes for kids, teens, and adults. There will be a chalk art contest along the sidewalks, a cake walk, a photo booth and cider and donuts for all.

Carved pumpkins will be on display and lit at 6 p.m. for an artistic spectacle, both on Saturday and Sunday.

While you’re in town, make sure to shop at our small businesses and eat at the local establishments.

The event is open to kids of all ages. A$5 donation per child is requested to join in the activities and compete for the prizes. Everyone is invited to bring a contribution or two to the Empire Food Bank as well. A collection trailer will be located at the edge of the Township Park for donations of nonperishable food, toiletries, sanitary and cleaning items.

RSVP or learn more at the event Facebook page, Facebook.com/events/125803931388530/.

Glen Arbor holds Trick or Treating, Oct. 29

Join us on the Sunday before Halloween, from noon until 4 p.m., for a fun afternoon of trick or treating in downtown Glen Arbor. Dress up in your Halloween finest and bring the whole family for treats from all participating businesses. This is a wonderful event, open to the public, and free for all to enjoy.

Beyond trick or treating, it’s a great time of year to shop off-season sales, see the end of fall colors, get some locally-sourced gifts for the Holidays and dine at a variety of eateries. Enjoy plenty of family-friendly recreation from a simple hike in the National Park, take a bike ride on the new section of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, play at the Glen Arbor community park, or take a relaxing scenic drive.