Autumn festival set for Oct. 12

Fewer than three weeks from now, crafters and artisans of all kinds will be gearing up for the 20th Annual Autumn in Moorestown Festival, scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 on Main Street, with an estimated 100 artisans and vendors expected to line the streets.

“Our goal is to achieve a good balance of artisans across genres, in order to provide as much selection to the public as possible,” Chair of Autumn in Moorestown Helen Davies-Miramontes said.

Displaying goods for sale, the crafters and fine artists will also have pieces up for submission in a juried art show. Categories for the juried show include jewelry, pottery, glass and fiber for crafters along with photography, prints, watercolors and acrylic for the fine artists.

Hosted by the Moorestown Business Association, sponsors for the event include Bayada Home Health Care, Bidwell Chiropractic and MoorArts.
In addition to the crafters and artisans, families will have plenty to do with face painters, a balloon artist, stilt walkers and puppeteers. Other events will include scarecrow making on the front lawn of the Moorestown Community House and pumpkin painting provided by TD Bank.

Live performances, provided by artists of MoorArts, will run throughout the day. Live music will also be playing throughout the day in front of the Community House and the Running Store, as well as a strolling banjo player.

Festival-goers will also have ample food choices available to them with a number of vendors setting up down Main Street.

“We also invite a number of outside food vendors, offering a variety of fare, and of course Moorestown Lions, with hot dogs and sodas,” Davies-Miramontes said. “All Lions proceeds go to charitable donations for Lions-supported causes.”

The festival will also feature a Corvette and antique show hosted by the Lakes Corvette Club, which will consist of eight peer-judged classes for more than 150 antique, classic and muscle cars and seven additional classes for Corvettes, judged by the Lakes Corvette Club members.

Registration for the car show will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., with the award ceremony following at 3 p.m. Participants are able to pre-register until Oct. 9 for $20 per car. Registration will also be available the day of the show for $25 per car.

In addition, groups of 10 or more registrants can receive a special discount of $15 per car.

For registration and more information, visit www.lakescorvetteclub.com.

Davies-Miramontes said the turnout may be anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 people, but explained that weather will be a big determining factor this year.

“In past years, we have been exceptionally blessed with great weather, which brings out the public,” Davies-Miramontes said.

The Autumn in Moorestown Fall Festival will be held rain or shine. During this time, Main Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic.

Free parking and shuttle service will be provided by the Lincoln Technical Institute, located at 308 W. Route 38. Shuttle buses will be driving from the lot to High Street.

For more information on the festival, please visit www.moorestownbusiness.com.