Jump into fall with annual Fall Fest

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published September 15, 2015

 Families toss rings on pumpkins for a fall-themed game. The day also included crafts, food and nature talks.

Families toss rings on pumpkins for a fall-themed game. The day also included crafts, food and nature talks.

File photo by Sarah Purlee


WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission will throw its annual Fall Fest 2-5 p.m. Oct. 3 at Marshbank Park.

Parks and Recreation Public Information Officer Meagan Kurnat said the Fall Fest is a tradition for the commission and one of the free events offered to the community each year.

“It’s a way to say ‘thank you’ to all of our residents for being supportive of our programs and parks. … We look at (the festival) as a way to give back a little bit,” Kurnat said.

Free activities include fall-themed games and crafts, live music, inflatable bouncers, a petting farm, an Ask the Naturalist booth and balloon animals. This year, the commission also decided to offer hayrides throughout the day. Fee-based activities include a quad bungee trampoline, face painting and pony rides.

“(Hayrides are) really popular. We have them at our Camp Out every year, and we have a hayride that (naturalist) Lauren Azoury does,” Kurnat said. “It’s really great to do a hayride at Marshbank in the fall because it’s really pretty out there.”

Though Azoury did not have a theme selected for the Ask the Naturalist booth by press time, she said biofacts — feathers, skeletons, animal skins — will be on display for people to touch, and the craft will tie in with the theme. Azoury will be offering nature talks throughout the day, including talks on animal fall migration and hibernation.

“Bring your nature questions if you have any, or I can give a little spiel about the animal that will be highlighted that day,” Azoury said.

Last year, pizza, doughnuts and roasted corn were available for purchase, but this year, the commission decided to team up with food trucks.

“(Food trucks are) definitely a trend right now, and we want to be responsive to what’s going on around us. Food trucks seem to be all the new rage,” Kurnat said.

For more information about the annual Fall Fest, visit www.westbloomfieldparks.org.