WELLESLEY ISLAND — Fall might be within the air on Wellesley Island from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for the forty third annual Autumn Festival on the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center.
Festival-goers can anticipate cider-press demonstrations; pumpkin choosing; a petting farm from the Thompson Park Zoo; a scarecrow-building contest, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. with judging for the competition at 3:45 p.m.; a raffle, with winners introduced at 4:15 p.m.; the Fort Drum tenth Mountain Division Band from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; the Raja Band from 12:30 to 4 p.m.; in addition to different bands, distributors and video games.
“It’s great for all ages,” stated schooling coordinator Kimbrie M. Cullen.
Ms. Cullen stated that she thinks it’s a great excuse to get exterior and spend the day with household.
“It’s just a fun-filled day,” she stated.
Since the competition has at all times been held on the Saturday earlier than Columbus Day weekend, Ms. Cullen stated households have made a convention of coming to the competition.
People actually benefit from the scarecrow contest, Ms. Cullen stated.
“Some families really get competitive, and that’s the first thing they do,” she stated.
Those who deliver their very own garments could also be extra prone to win the competition, however a tent might be out there for folks with provides to construct their very own scarecrow together with straw and different supplies for the scarecrow’s head, Ms. Cullen stated.
After ending their scarecrow, folks can tie the completed product to a stake and hope to win the grand prize of $50.
Last 12 months, 1,745 folks confirmed up, and climate allowing, they’re anticipating the identical quantity of individuals this 12 months.
The occasion is money solely and admission is $3 for adults, $2 for army members and seniors, and $1 for kids 12 and youthful, or free with nonperishable meals donations.
Not all occasions contained in the competition are free. People might want to pay for his or her pumpkin whereas pumpkin choosing for $1; the petting farm, which is $2; the raffles; and $2 competition video games.
“But there’s a lot of things to do that are free once you get into the festival,” Ms. Cullen stated.
All of the proceeds go to the Friends of the Nature Center, the nonprofit group that helps the middle.
“They are very, very important to us,” Ms. Cullen stated.
For extra info, name the character middle at 315-482-2479.
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