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Lewisboro Celebrates Autumn at Fall Fest

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Under bright, sunny skies on a picturesque autumn day, some 500 Lewisboro residents came to Town Park on Saturday for the community’s annual Fun Fall Fest.

“The town has been doing this for as long as I know,” said Dana Mayclim, recreation director. “It predates me and I came here in 1999.”

The event was sponsored by the town parks and recreation department along with Gossett Brothers Nursery, which provided the pumpkins for the pumpkin patch and the giant pumpkin for the guess-the-pumpkin’s-weight guessing game.

Mayclim said parks and eec employees, Kyle Peterson and Linda Yurus, were the program co-coordinators for the event and were due most of the credit for the event’s success.

“They did all the work behind the scenes,” she said.

The Fun Fall Fest also attracting town officials and candidates for the upcoming fall election. Town Justice Susan Simon was on hand with her husband, Les, town board candidate Peter Gross, and family friends. “This is something I look forward to every year,” Simon said.

Town board candidate Rhea Mallett said the Fall Fest was something that attracted her to the community when she moved here in 2006. “This is my favorite town event,” she said. “I remember we had bought our house but hadn’t moved in yet, when we came” to the Fall Fest, “I noticed such a sense of community and made friends. I think it’s these sort of events that make me love Lewisboro.”

Admission to the festival was free, but each family that attended was asked to bring a canned or nonperishable food item that will be donated to a local food pantry.

Highlights of the festival included a performance by Twistin’ Todd Neufeld of the Twisted Balloon Company, the Halloween pumpkin patch, where kids could select their Halloween pumpkin, pumpkin decorating and activity tables, two huge bouncy houses, and refreshments.

Wendy Schliman, a 16-year resident of South Salem, who was attending the event with her daughter and friends, said she’s been a regular at the festival since her daughter was born five years ago.

“I am so glad are doing things like this,” she said. “A lot of towns don’t do stuff like this. I like it that all the kids can get together and have some fun.”

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