SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — Spring Lake Heights hosted its second annual fall festival on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28, at Joseph Robertson Park.
The two-day Halloween-themed celebration was jam-packed with activities for all ages and interests and reflected Mayor Chris Campion’s view that the inaugural event in 2022 went so well that it should be expanded for 2023.
Councilwoman Sara King said, “The mayor’s focus is to make this a town event that is enjoyable for everyone and everyone can participate. Everyone could have something they like and just enjoy the day.”
Commenting on the size of the event, Ms. King said, “We have close to 40 vendors that include people who have different crafts, possibly some handouts and things of that nature.”
The festival also included more food trucks and vendors than the year prior. There were wooden fixtures crafted by the DPW [Department of Public Works] for festive fall pictures. The DPW crafted all the decor which included a horse and a carriage.
“I can’t say enough about what the Public Works Team does,” Mr. Barrett said. “We have both of the Spinosa cousins, Anthony and Joey, who are behind the artistic creations. It is amazing the local talent that we have.”
On Friday evening the food trucks arrived at 4 p.m.
Lilly Rafferty, a customer at the Nip N Truck food truck said, “I’m eating half a cheeseburger, some chicken fingers and some fries. I love it, it’s so good and crispy.”
Other activities for children included; a petting zoo, two Halloween-themed inflatables, field activities, pumpkin picking and decorating, smores, face painting and a DJ.
Children were able to camp out on Friday and Saturday with smores available as a treat at Veterans Tribute Park. Both nights concluded with a movie played at the park’s basketball course.
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