Sewing is not Carol Lebold’s strong suit, so the family has to get creative when it comes to Halloween costumes for her 5-year-old son, Ian.
That creativity was rewarded Sunday when Ian won a costume prize at the annual Bellefonte Fall Festival in Talleyrand Park.
Ian’s top half was a pirate, complete with hat and jacket. He wore a boat around his waist, and his bottom half was the water, complete with taped-on fish.
Lebold, of Bellefonte, said they attend the festival every year and Ian has a great time getting a chance to walk in the street during the Halloween parade.
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“It’s always a good event, she said. “It’s fun for the families, it’s free and the kids always have fun.”
She said free community events are always enjoyable for families, especially when multiple kids are involved, because paid outings can sometimes get expensive.
And the organizers are always trying to make the festival even bigger.
This year they added an Antique Fair on Saturday to combine with the parade and festival and the Halloween and fall foliage train rides throughout the weekend, Historic Bellefonte Inc. President Holly Wilson said.
Wilson was happy with the couple of hundred people that came to the park Sunday, saying the turnout was typical but steady.
Though the antique fair was an experiment and they didn’t have a ton of vendors, she said the local people who did come out had successful sales numbers. Wilson said they will continue to try to make the Antique Fair bigger to give the older generation something to do during the generally kid-focused weekend.
“We’re hopeful that will continue to grow, bringing in people of that interest area,” she said.
Sunday also gave local nonprofits a chance to show off their services in the park. Each vendor had free activities and candy for children to give a safe trick-or-treating environment.
The Bellefonte Fine Arts booster club also had a booth, selling food items to help fund the trip to Disney World for the Bellefonte High School Marching Band and Choir and Orchestra.
Assistant Band Director Susan Zimmerman said the community has been very generous and the program is close to its fundraising goal.
All the food was donated from parents, so the money generated can all go toward the trip.
“The community has been totally wonderful to help us out,” she said.
The Bellefonte Area middle and high school bands also performed at the event.
The weekend was sponsored by Historic Bellefonte Inc., the Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society.