Wellington, Royal Palm spice up fall festivals

Autumn is here, bringing with it cooler temps, pumpkin spice lattes, cookies and cakes, along with cinnamon-scented candles and a couple of fall festivals with fun for everyone. Wellington is hosting its annual fall festival Saturday, and Royal Palm Beach will hold its annual Fall Fest Oct. 28-29.

Wellington’s one-day festival event will be held at Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road from 6 to 10 p.m. “Everybody likes it because it’s a hometown event,” Michelle Garvey said. “We really try to make something for every member of the family.”

Garvey, who is Wellington’s community programs manager, said the festival has been going strong for well over a decade. It features bounce houses, a petting zoo and haunted hallways. “We have costume contests for kids, from newborns to adults. We have ‘trick-or-treat’ doors, where kids can knock on the door and get a treat,” she said. “Our haunted hallways are always a big attraction.”

Garvey said that the haunted hallways are not for the younger kids because it is a little scary. She said that event organizers recommend kids 8 years and older participate in this event.

The fall festival will also have pie-eating contests, face painting, pony and hayrides and musical entertainment as well as a dance performance.

Food vendors will be on-site featuring doughnuts, pizza, tacos, waffles, ice cream and gelato. Some of the food vendors include Beef Buffalo, C Beef Co., Dough Dough’s Donuts, DR Smokehouse, Feel Good Foods, Flavor of Munich, Fry Daddy, HipPOPS Handcrafted Gelato Bars, Ice Cream Express, Jjacks Grill, Philly Grill, Pizzazilla, Tacos Veracruz and the Waffle Wagon.

Parking is limited but a shuttle will be available from the Mall at Wellington Green starting at 5:30 through 10 p.m. “It’s best to get to the event early because lines are long and people need to be prepared for that,” Garvey said.

The costume contest begins at 7 p.m. and it is for anyone who wants to participate.

Pre-sale access bracelets are available until Friday and are $7 for children and $5 for adults. The bracelets are $10 for children and $5 for adults on Saturday, the day of the event.

For information call the village of Wellington at 561-791-4005 or Garvey at 561-791–4082 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov.

The village of Royal Palm Beach will host its annual Fall Fest on Oct. 28, 5 to 10 p.m. and Oct. 29, 1 to 10 p.m. at Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. The two-day event will include crafts, live entertainment such as tribute bands, various food vendors and beer.

The kid-friendly Fall Fest will also have a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo and carnival rides. All access bracelets for the carnival rides will be $20 each day. Fall crafts and merchandise will also be available.

Trick-or-treating will also be available starting at 5 p.m. Different vendors throughout the park will be handing out candy.

“We have a pet costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.,” Carlos Morales said. “People can arrive as early as 12 p.m. to register their pets.” Morales, the community and cultural events superintendent, said that there will also be a costume contest for adults, kids and families. He said one year someone actually brought a goat for the pet costume contest.

In addition, there will be live music from Davee Bryan and the Alice Show, an Alice Cooper tribute band on Oct. 28, and EraSmith, an Aerosmith tribute band and Blizzard of Ozzy, a Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne tribute band Oct. 29.

A medieval battlefield game will be held and interactive pirates will be available on pirate ships on-site.

Morales said there will be lots of “cool” activities at the event. “There will be a Blackbeard pirate ship with interactive characters and (guests) will be able to get on the ship and take pictures,” he said. “There’s a new activity, a medieval times castle where kids can shoot arrows with the foam (tips) at targets (at a cost), hayrides, arts and crafts with pumpkins ($1 per person) and a petting zoo.”

Morales said attendees should arrive early because a large turnout is expected. Blankets and chairs are permitted in the park.

For information call 561-790-5149; 561-753-1232 on the days of the event; or visit www.royalpalmbeach.com.

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