Fall Family Festival-November 8 by Jennifer Houghton

This year’s Fall Family Festival, held on Saturday, November 8, was a success despite a rainy start. Children enjoyed making a variety of crafts, including 3-D butterflies, egg carton creepy crawlies, tree cookie necklaces, and plant ‘n paint pansy pumpkins.

Storyteller John Grega captivated audiences with nature tales, Native American Educator John Fishback wowed families with his hands-on Native American lore, and the band Home Town Roots blended classic folk and rock throughout the day.

Adkins Arboretum volunteer Julianna Pax, along with her granddaughter, debuted a creative wetland-themed puppet show to an appreciative audience.

The Fall Family Festival also boasted pony rides, hayrides, a corn maze, bubbles, and dried flower arranging.

The All American Grill of Centreville and Cindy Ball of Ridgely provided a variety of refreshments. Some 200 people attended this year’s event, and 18 dedicated volunteers, along with staff, helped the day go off without a hitch.

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