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Join the Jaycees for the first Fall Fest at Heritage Park

By Debbie Gardner

PRIME Editor

EAST LONGMEADOW Bring the family to Heritage Park this coming Saturday for a day of fall fun.

The East Longmeadow Jaycees are hosting the town's first-ever Family Fall Festival and Craft Fair at the park Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Maureen Basile, spokesperson for the East Longmeadow Jaycees, said the group has lots of fun activities planned, including hayrides, a bounce house, a pumpkin patch, jack-o'lantern carving, a costume parade with trick-or-treating, balloon art with the Shriner's clowns, food vendors and an outdoor craft fair.

According to Basile, pumpkins in the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, planned for the back soccer field, will be priced according to size.

Other activities -- such as the hayride, bounce house and food concessions will require tickets.

She said these tickets will be priced at $2 a piece.

"Everything will have a sign saying how many tickets you need," Basile said, adding that food will range from "$2 for a hot dog to $4-plus for higher-end fare."

She said the Jaycees will have a food booth selling hot apple pie with ice cream, pumpkin pie, soda, coffee, hot chocolate and water at the festival.

Among the highlights of the event will be a costume parade at 4:30 p.m. as well as a chance for children to carve or paint the pumpkins they "pick" in the Jaycees pumpkin patch.

"At dark we're inviting everyone to light the pond with your carved pumpkins," Basile said, adding that the Jaycees will be providing glowsticks for safe pumpkin illumination.

"It's kind of a neat little end of the night thing."