Fall festival draws hefty crowd

It's known as one of the largest activities in the township

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The Andaloro Farms event featured Halloween-themed attractions, including the South Jersey American History Museum (above).

Deptford held its annual fall festival at Andaloro Farms on Oct. 7, drawing about 1,000 people for the six-hour event.

The event featured a rural aesthetic and had attractions that fit the motif, including hayrides, a pumpkin-picking for kids and a live band performance. With Halloween only weeks away, bales of hay were decorated with holiday staples, like candy corn and a black cat. Vendors were also on hand.

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“I don’t even know where to start,” said Mayor Paul Medany of the festival. “We have hayrides, and the kids get to pick a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. They take a hayride around our farm, and we’re at a fantastic farm – 39 acres of preserved farmland.

Medany also described vendors selling items, a beer garden, a playground and the open South Jersey American History Museum.

“Our folks did a fantastic job setting this up,” the mayor said. “There’s nothing like it.”

Admission to the museum – located across the street from the farm – was free. It features exhibits that include a look at a pre-Columbian and Colonial lifestyles.

Besides Medany, township officials were at the event to talk with residents, including members of township council, and Police Chief Joseph Smith.

“A lot of the folks who work at the township, they work here and volunteer to give out the tickets and do the hayrides,” Medany said of the festival. ” … This is probably one of the best events Deptford has, and that’s saying something, because we have good events.”

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