Fall Fun Fest returns to Macomb Corners

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published September 10, 2019

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The ninth annual Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Fall Fun Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at Macomb Corners Park, located on 25 Mile Road, just east of Romeo Plank Road. It is open to people of all ages.

The Fall Fun Fest began under a different name in 2011 — the Fall Fun and Fitness Fest — as part of the grand opening of the second phase of the park.

“Guests will have a great time participating and watching all of the activities, plus there will be fun background music from our local DJ, a strolling stilt walker — who juggles and entertains — seasonal crafts for the kids to make, and also a petting farm with lots of animals,” Macomb Township Recreation Programmer Michelle Duda said.

A fall festival wouldn’t be complete without a scarecrow contest, where folks are encouraged to make a homemade scarecrow and bring it to the park.

Scarecrows must be dropped off by 10:45 a.m. to be entered into a contest to win one of four prizes. Scarecrows must be made to withstand wind and rain. Prizes for the top scarecrows range from a $25 Amazon gift card to a $100 Amazon gift card. Free cider and doughnuts will also be served.

The festival includes giveaways and features a family fun run/walk with raffle prizes.

“It’s a nice way for families to kick off the fall season,” Parks and Recreation Department Director Sal DiCaro said. “There is something for everyone, old and young.”

The run/walk will be held along a 1-mile path in the park where folks can stroll at their leisure at any point during the festival.

DiCaro noted that a benefit of the event is that it gives residents an opportunity to come out with their neighbors or friends for a “really affordable event, free.”

Duda said Ginn Farms, from Capac, will be selling plenty of seasonal fruits, vegetables and gifts.

Activities for children include sports inflatables, a 70-foot obstacle course with an 18-foot inflatable slide, a donkey petting farm, and a 20-foot-tall soccer dart game.

Duda said some of the unusual features of the event are a baseball diamond full of Nerf fun and new family-friendly ax throwing.

“We are very fortunate to be able to provide such an event at no cost, due to the generosity of our great sponsors,” DiCaro said. “We also believe events like this build community. That’s what our department is all about.”

He said the festival typically draws 2,000-2,500 people.

For more information on the Fall Fun Fest, visit gomtpr.org.

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