Sponsored by the Moorestown Business Association, all ages are invited to come join the community in welcoming the season of scarecrows, pumpkins and cooling temperatures.
The first official day of fall may have been on Thursday, Sept. 22, but in Moorestown it will make its big arrival on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the 23rd annual Autumn in Moorestown Festival. The festival, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street, typically hosts thousands of people each year.
Sponsored by the Moorestown Business Association, all ages are invited to join the community in welcoming the season of scarecrows, pumpkins and cooling temperatures. With Main Street shut off to traffic during the event, residents can explore the community hub while checking out the various entertainment opportunities.
“Overall, this is a wonderful example of our community, and a great celebration of the community, for the community and put on by the business community,” said Gina Zegel, chair of the event and a member of the MBA. “It represents the small town feeling, and the reason this is a great event is because it allows the community to come together at one event. It’s really a community social event.”
The event will take place on most of downtown Main Street, from Church Street to Chester Avenue, with a food court near High Street. At the food court, nine vendors will be in attendance ranging from Kevin’s Salad Station, Blossom’s Kitchen, JDawgs and more.
“All Moorestown town-wide events are run here because it’s an easily contained area and it also encompasses our downtown,” Zegel said. “The MBA wants the businesses to benefit from this, and having it in front of their shops is the best location.”
One of the highlights of the event will be the fine arts and crafts on display. Attendees will be able to walk around and view different pieces of art, including jewelry, paintings, photography, fiber at, wooden sculptures and more. They will also be able to purchase many of the items on display.
Designed for the children of the community, pumpkin painting will be offered by TD Bank, and participants will be allowed to take home their decorated pumpkins. A longstanding tradition in town, scarecrow-making will be offered by the Moorestown Fire Department. The department will provide hay, old clothes and stockings to help bring the scarecrows to life.
“If you drive around town after the festival, everyone will have them on their front porches,” Zegel said. “My son, who is now 29 and getting married, made scarecrows for the front porch of our house.”
Additionally, a classic and antique car show will be on display at the Autumn in Moorestown Festival, showcasing up to 120 cars. Run by the South Jersey Pontiac Club, attendees will have the chance to walk view all the Pontiacs on display, as well as the many other car-makers being represented.
For more information about the Autumn in Moorestown Festival, contact Zegel at (609) 230–1115 or visit the MBA’s website at: http://www.moorestownbusiness.com/