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Oct 14, 2019 1:22 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton Fall Festival Is This Saturday

Last year's East Hampton Fall Festival.  PRESS FILE
Oct 15, 2019 2:25 PM

After the success of previous festivals, the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce and East Hampton Village plan to continue their free, family-friendly fairs.

The third annual Fall Festival in Herrick Park will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, and end at 5 p.m.

“It’s a true community event to celebrate fall and the harvest season,” the chamber’s new president, Glenn O. Vickers, said. “The sights, sounds and flavors of this season are especially beautiful in East Hampton this time of year.”

There will be more than 50 booths set up in the downtown park, where local artists, shopkeepers and over 20 nonprofit organizations can display their wares and give out information. Guests can dance and listen to live music ranging from bluegrass to blues throughout the day.

“The festival keeps on growing,” Mr. Vickers said, adding that there will be new musical acts this year and a mix of different performers throughout the day, including Annie and the Band, The Jan Hanna Band, Twenty Seven Dollars and the East Hampton High School Jazz Band.

Mr. Vickers said the forecasts call for beautiful weather on Saturday and that the chamber is expecting more than 1,000 people to join in on the fall festivities throughout the day.

The YMCA East Hampton RECenter will sponsor inflatable bounce rides, fall craft projects, a fitness obstacle course and 40-foot-tall climbing wall. Arts and crafts projects will be set up in the Herrick Park gazebo, and visitors can pick out and decorate pumpkins from a haunted pumpkin patch. The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center will hold a costume parade for kids and parents at noon.

In addition, folks of all ages can pick up a paintbrush and participate in a live mural painting project throughout the day.

Food vendors will offer wood-fired pizza from Around the Fire, hand-made pretzels from Knot of this World, and Noah’s on the Road, which dishes like lobster rolls and filet mignon sliders, to name a few.

The Kona Ice Truck and Mr. Softee will serve dessert, and village eateries will be open all day and offering specials and local craft beverages. Kids can see and board antique fire trucks, boats and other emergency vehicles on display.

Mr. Vickers said that, because grass is being planted at Herrick Park, booths and festivities will be placed farther back in the park.

Parking will be available in the long-term lots behind the park, behind the middle school, and in the elementary school lot, he said.

“We’re excited to bring this event into its third year. It’s going to be a really good time.” Mr. Vickers said. “We’re looking forward to working with all of the local partners on a beautiful day in the village.”

To secure a booth or become a member of the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, call 631-324-0362 or email info@easthamptonchamber.com.

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