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 Harvest Festival features Haunted Forest

October 9, 2009 Hay Ride

Contact: Veda McMullen, James City County Parks & Recreation, Communications Coordinator

Phone: (757) 259-5415
Fax: (757) 259-5420


Live music, a DJ and entertainment, rides, art and craft vendors, a Farmer’s Market and fall food favorites will be featured during James City County’s Harvest Festival, set for Saturday, October 17 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway.

The Harvest Festival will also feature the County’s annual Haunted Forest and Scarecrow Stuffing events.  

Families enjoy Parks and Recreation Scarecrow Stuffing even
Begin the afternoon by making the biggest, the best, and maybe the only scarecrow in your neighborhood! Stuff ‘em, paint ‘em, name ‘em, and take ‘em home!  Make this a family activity and create a scarecrow together. The Scarecrow Stuffing takes place 2 p.m. toHaunted Forest 6 p.m and the cost is $17/scarecrow, while supplies last.

Stay for the Haunted Forest, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., if you dare to venture out after dark and experience the journey for the fun, for the fright, for the things that go bump in the night! Children 6 and younger, along with their parents, will especially enjoy Goblinville with its moonwalks and a pumpkin patch hayride traveling through a maze of pumpkin faces and Nursery Rhyme Characters.

In the Fall Fest Family Area, you’ll also enjoy the costume contest, pumpkin bowling, arts and crafts and games.

More than 30 food and craft vendors and entertainments will be featured during the event. Harvest Festival food concessions include Uncle Dave’s Kettle Korn; the Chickahominy Ruritans with nickel pickles, candy apples and cheesecake on a stick; a variety of seafood specialties by Gypsy Gourmet (Cajun style) and Parrot Catering (fried fish and seafood platter); and Swann’s Grill with hamburgers, hotdogs, and other favorites.            


Harvest Festival Carve that  pumpkinCraft Vendors will offer jewelry, wreaths, baskets, seasonal crafts,  stained glass, soaps, agriculture, fudge and candies and painted pumpkins.             


Festival entertainers include Showtime Karaoke and a DJ, the William and Mary Cheerleaders, Juggler Tim Nolan, Copper Ridge Bluegrass, Broadway Dance Arts and Chasing Shadows from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., performing 80’s music.

The Heritage Humane Society will be onsite with animals to adopt!

Don’t forget your camera!  There is a $3/car parking fee. For more information, visit or call 259-5353.




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