Fall Fest Brought Smiling Crowd Out to Foy Park

LOWER FREDERICK PA – Like so many other people who attended the Lower Frederick Fall Fest on Saturday (Oct. 16, 2021) at Foy Park, township Manager Mark Hudson munched on fresh popcorn, watched pumpkins being decorated at a table across the way, and smiled from ear to ear. Mother Nature delivered a beautiful day for the autumn celebration, and hundreds of residents turned out for the party.

Fall Fest Brought Smiling Crowd Out to Foy Park
“Look what we created …”
Fall Fest Brought Smiling Crowd Out to Foy Park
“… and see what I designed!”

More importantly, though, Hudson said, the volunteer members of Lower Frederick’s Parks and Recreation Board produced an event that duplicated his grin on nearly every other face seen enjoying the day’s entertainment.

Fall Fest Brought Smiling Crowd Out to Foy Park
What’s fall without a hayride? This tractor-pulled wagon filled with happy passengers made a lengthy loop down Spring Mount Road and back

“They put a lot of work and effort into this,” he said of board members, who as he talked handed out more bags of popcorn, and kept an eye on kids inside a bounce house. Thanks to their planning, he noted, “the turnout’s been great.”

Fall Fest Brought Smiling Crowd Out to Foy Park
Talk about wish fulfillment! Look who seemed very contented behind the wheel of a Lower Frederick Fire Company truck
Fall Fest Brought Smiling Crowd Out to Foy Park
Lower Frederick police and other first responders greeted visitors, showed off their vehicles, and talked about their work

The free festival was welcomed by families who, on the sun-filled afternoon, needed few excuses to take advantage of activities like the pumpkin artistry, a lengthy tractor-pulled hayride, inflatable amusements, a free snack or two, and the opportunity to climb into police, fire, and ambulance vehicles.

Fall Fest Brought Smiling Crowd Out to Foy Park
Members of the township Parks and Recreation Committee, who planned the successful event, also worked during it.
Their popcorn machine was busy all afternoon
Fall Fest Brought Smiling Crowd Out to Foy Park
Ice cream purchases from the Downtown Scoop trailer were popular treats at Fall Fest
Fall Fest Brought Smiling Crowd Out to Foy Park
Fall Fest guests learned about storm water management from members of the township Environmental Advisory Council

There was valuable education, too. Members of the township Environmental Advisory Council presented a display that demonstrated the need for storm water management, and showed how impervious surfaces like concrete and asphalt create runoff and flooding. Some youngsters, who only weeks ago witnessed how Tropical Storm Ida rains damaged local homes and yards, seemed captivated by the project.

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