Fest O’ Fall kicks off season with some family fun
With an unprecedented run of late-summer weather, Catasauqua held its October Fest O’ Fall celebration Saturday under sunny skies with shorts and short-sleeve Ts the dominant attire. The family-oriented festival is put on by Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association and is a prelude to exciting events that culminate with trick or treat Oct. 27.
The borough’s Halloween parade is included in the holiday mix Oct. 18, along with St. Mary’s Oktoberfest Oct. 21.
This year’s event followed the successful format of prior years. Food and beverages were set up at Biery’s Port. The food tent seemed to serve as headquarters for festival-goers. Perfect weather brought out the crowds as the day progressed.
This is a locally sponsored event. Betsy Hillenbrand and Shelly Nolter of HCPA were seen late Friday getting everything set up.
“We are lucky and got some help to set up the booths, but it still is exhausting work,” Hillenbrand said.
Scarecrows are the most elaborate craft experience. Most festival-goers take their renditions home, but a few scarecrows stay around. HCPA uses the scarecrows to decorate the borough light posts throughout the month.
This year, the emphasis was on the Biery’s Port area, while the George Taylor House was open for tours. “We’ve been rethinking how we want to include the George Taylor House in this event,” said Carrie Ballek, the new director of GTH.
Ballek wants to bring new and exciting events to this special location.
“We do the Fourth of July well and the Christmas tree lighting,” she said. “We need to get something special for the fall celebration.”
A hay wagon took passengers along two-way Front Street for a tour of the borough. The new coffee shop at Blocker’s was open for business.
HCPA invites live bands to the event. This year, Prugal, with Katie Miller and Gene Sebesta, entertained, as did perennial favorite Tavern Tan, featuring Doug Ashby and Andrew Brubaker.
The HCPA museum was open and did a brisk business. Kids had the option to pick up ice cream and “witch’s brew,” while adults took time to look at the extensive collection of artwork based on Catasauqua scenery.