On Centre: Around Bellefonte | Organizers look to expand Fall Festival

mmorgan@centredaily.comSeptember 30, 2013 

The organizers of the annual Bellefonte Fall Festival are looking to make the event bigger than ever before.

Though it is sometimes overshadowed by other events such as the Victorian Christmas, the Bellefonte Cruise and the Arts and Crafts Fair, Historic Bellefonte Inc. President Holly Wilson said she is hoping the fall event can continue to grow.

This year’s festival, which runs Oct. 19 and 20, will include a new antiques fair, designed to get more people out and show more of what the town has to offer.

“We’re just trying to pump this one up a little bit,” she said. “We’re really trying to build this fall weekend into something more.”

The antiques fair will run along High Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19. Anyone interested in applying to become a vendor can fill out a form at visitbellefonte.com.

The idea for the fair came from community members, and it took off, Wilson said.

“We take those ideas that are presented to us and then try to build on them,” she said.

Wilson didn’t have any predictions about how successful the fair will be in its first year because it’s a new part of the weekend, but she said it should add to the experience and hopefully draw more people to the town.

The next day, Oct. 20, will be the actual festival in Talleyrand Park from noon to 4 p.m. with a small Halloween parade beginning on High Street near the YMCA at 1:30 p.m.

There will be child-friendly activities around the park from nonprofit vendors and performances from the Bellefonte middle and high school bands. There also will be a booth to raise funds for the high school’s marching band and orchestra to travel to Walt Disney World for a performance.

The Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society also will be getting in on the event with Halloween train rides on Oct. 18 and Fall Foliage train rides on Oct. 19 and 20. Tickets can be purchased for between $10 and $20 at bellefontetrain.org.

The weekend is being sponsored by Historic Bellefonte Inc., the Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society.

Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan.

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