Autumn festival to resume on Oct. 9

Residents will have access to cars, vendors and activities

Special to The Sun: A photo from the Autumn in Moorestown Festival in a previous year shows attendees checking out craft vendors and a car exhibition.

After its cancellation last year due to COVID, the Moorestown Business Association is welcoming back the Autumn in Moorestown festival for residents on Oct. 9.

Moorestown resident Chris Scafario will be this year’s coordinator for the festival’s car exhibition, which will showcase cars from all generations, from classic to muscle to race vehicles. Festival-goers will have a chance to see those vehicles up close and car owners can win prizes for their vehicles.

This year’s vendors will sell items such as jewelry, ceramic pottery, 3D art pieces and holiday decorations that are completely handmade. The absence of last year’s festival was no doubt noticed among residents, and Craig Dennin, the festival’s chair and the business association’s vice president, is excited to see it return.

“I think it’s going to be good,” he said. “I know that a lot of people finally got to go away this summer on vacation and spread their wings a little bit more, but just something local in town, and we haven’t had one in so long, everyone likes this in town.”

For the third consecutive year, residents and newcomers over the age of 21 will be able to enjoy alcoholic beverages at the festival and can purchase tickets that will give them access to a variety of different beer and wine vendors. 

Parents can participate in activities with their kids such as chalk drawing, magic, face painting, and even scarecrow making on the community house lawn.

“The kids love it. Going on this big front lawn and stuffing hay into blue jeans and flannel shirts,” said Dennin.

Accommodations will be made for people who don’t want to park and walk any distance. A shuttle service will be offered from the Lincoln Tech parking lot on Route 38.

“The shuttle will run from Lincoln Tech up Church Street, Route 38., and they will leave people off at Church and reload as needed and go back to the parking lot,” Dennin said.  “They will do this throughout the day.”

This year’s festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Main Street, which will be closed to traffic between Chester Avenue and Church Street. If you plan on attending, don’t forget to check out some of Main Street’s restaurants, such as Carollas; Luna Y Sol; La Vita’s Pizzeria; and Maurizo’s Bistro, all of which will be ready to serve their best dishes.

“I truly believe that we’re going to get a great number of visitors, let it be town residents, or local communities, because it was a big event last time,” Dennin said.