Pumpkins, hayrides and more fall fun on tap for Snyder Park


Consider Fall Fest as the festival that will keep on giving.

Not only will the event, in its third year, offer two days of autumn-related family activities, but it will showcase the progress of the Kiwanis Children’s Garden, which is nearing completion of its first phase and set to become one of the area’s premiere nature settings.

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Fall Fest 2017 will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Snyder Park in the area of the playground and band shell.

Admission is free and proceeds will go toward completing the garden.

The event is presented by Hollandia Garden Association in partnership with Ohio State University Extension, Master Gardeners, Springfield Kiwanis Club, National Trail Park and Recreation District and the city of Springfield.

Fall Fest is where kids can enjoy fun seasonal activities like pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting and the always popular face painting in the park setting among the autumn colors.

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“We realize there are a lot of festivals this time of year and we like to offer things like this that speak to the fall season,” said Denise Brooks, a board member of Hollandia Garden Association.

Other family members can enjoy craft vendors, music and the goods from various food trucks and take a relaxing hayride around the area.

The highlight will be Children’s Garden. Phase 1 includes the infrastructure, a pergola, sidewalks and some plants, hinting at what’s to come. Children can try things such as the interactive stump jump and boulder junction they can play on during Fall Fest.

“We really wanted to show the progress that has been made,” Brooks said.

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The garden, which has a projected cost of $240,000 according to Brooks, is being targeted for completion by next year’s Fall Fest.

The second phase will add a sensory garden, human sundial, area for bees and an area with various challenge obstacles kids can enjoy.

There are many ways to support the garden project, Brooks said, such as becoming a Hollandia member, through donations or volunteering.



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