(Posted Oct. 12, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Hayrides, a costume contest, axe throwing, and a professional pumpkin carver–that’s just the start of the list of attractions the village of Plain City has planned for their 2nd Annual Fall Festival.
The family-friendly event is set for 4-7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Pastime Park, 370 N. Chillicothe St. Admission is free.
Throw Nation, located in Dublin, is hosting the axe throwing station, a new addition to the festival. The activity is open to ages 13 and older. Participants must sign a waiver. Also new is archery, open to all ages and sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
“We have a lot more craft vendors this year,” said Denton Kitts, parks and recreation assistant. “Over 20 vendors have signed up so far. We have people bringing baked goods, homemade pickles, wood crafts, jewelry, knitted items, soaps and candles, and lots of holiday gift items.”
Anyone who would like to set up shop as a craft vendor at the festival can contact Kitts at email@example.com. Spaces are 10×10-feet and free. The deadline to sign up is Oct. 17.
Plenty of food and treats are planned. Food trucks and food vendors include Biscuit Boss, Guelagetza Mexican Street Food, Por’ketta (modern twist on barbecue), Rocky Mountain Coffee Co., Pink Pony Desserts, a kettle corn vendor, and Girl Scouts Troop 4944 selling caramel apples.
Local businesses, civic organizations, and individuals will hand out candy at Trick or Treat Alley. Anyone interested in giving out treats can contact Kitts.
“Last year, we had about 300 kids just for Trick or Treat Alley. I think this year is going to be much bigger,” said Linda Granger, parks and recreation director, adding that those who sign up to give out treats should plan on having enough candy for 500 kids.
Cornhole, a ring toss, and pumpkin tic-tac-toe are among the games the village has planned. The Miami Valley Steam Threshers will offer hayrides. Bounce houses, face painting, and a fall-themed photo op are part of the fun, too. Gus Smithhisler, a professional carver of giant pumpkins, returns. He will spend the festival creating a squash masterpiece.
A costume contest is scheduled for 6 p.m. Prizes will be given in four children’s categories–2 years old and younger, 3-6, 7-11, and 12 and older–as well as a group category for all ages.
“The festival is a great, fun, fall activity that is safe and free,” Granger said. “You don’t have to spend any money if you don’t want to, but we do encourage visitors to check out the vendors for some holiday shopping.”
“And get a bite to eat,” Kitts added.
For information about other Plain City events, visit www.plain-city.com.