Gloversville’s Fall Fest draws a costumed crowd
GLOVERSVILLE — For the many costumed kids in attendance at Gloversville’s 10th Annual Fall Fest on Saturday, you could have easily renamed the event “Halloween: Part 1.”
Gloversville resident Henry Hallenbeck, 7, brought home enough candy donated by the 54 Fall Fest vendors to fill his candy basket, which he and his mother expect him to do at again during the town thing. 31.
Hallenbeck dressed as a Star Wars bounty hunter “The Mandalorian”, complete with an animatronic Grogu – more commonly known as “Baby Yoda” – which helped him win the Fall Fest trophy for the headless golden skeleton statuette for funniest costume .
“I thought it would be nice and cool to be the Mandalorian, and baby Yoda wanted to do a trick or treat!” Hallenbeck said standing under the gazebo at Trial Station Park, after judging the costume contest.
The 10th Annual Fall Festival, the last of the Gloversville Recreation Commission events for 2022, was a free event featuring many fall-themed activities including pumpkin painting, several bouncy houses and races potato sacks, including a race featuring four Gloversville police officers. Officers.
Recreation Commission board member Jordan Twardy, owner of event planning company Jurassik Jamz Entertainment, acted as emcee for the event. Twardy explained the rules for the costume contest, which included boy and girl costume trophies for the funniest, scariest and most creative costume categories.
Gloversville resident Carolyn Leveille was the mother of two children who won the scariest costume award, Ravyn, 8, who dressed as a ‘Chucky doll’ and her younger sister Violette, 3, who tricked the judges into thinking she was a boy in a werewolf costume.
“She really wanted to win the pageant,” Ravyn said of her sister.
Twardy said one of the new features of Fall Fest was JAK The Visual Deception Artist who wowed attendees with his stunts and illusions. Twardy said cloudy weather and cool temperatures on Saturday failed to dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm.
“We had a ton of people here, and I feel like we had a lot more costumes than last year,” he said.
The strong turnout at the Fall Festival was helpful to both for-profit vendors attending the festival as well as non-profit entities looking to raise funds. Tanyalynnette Grimes, CEO of Micropolis Development Group, had three sales tables in operation at Fall Fest, one for the Happy Mug Cafe, Pines Restaurant at Kingsboro Golf Club, and for the Community Foundation of the Adirondack Foothills, which runs the annual Free delivery of Festival of Hope Thanksgiving meals.
Grimes said she sold about $1,000 worth of caramel apples at her Community Foundation table, the proceeds of which will help towards the cost of this year’s Festival of Hope.
“Turkeys are three times more expensive than last year and so last year we did everything for about $24,000, and this year it will be $43,000 for exactly the same amount of stuff,” a- she declared.