Tonawanda News — If one group's autumn event is good, a fall festival hosted by multiple North Tonawanda entities can only be better.
North Tonawanda's first Fall Festival is planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday behind the Gersh Academy, 621 Payne Ave. The event, which will take place rain or shine, is sponsored by the NT Department of Youth, Recreation and Parks and the Christian Academy of Western New York with involvement from the NT Fire Department and other organizations.
Cindy Lichtenberger, principal of the Christian Academy, said they had their own school-wide fall festival last year, with a great response. That started the idea to create a fall festival for the community as a whole.
"We thought, 'Wouldn't it be fun? What a great thing to initialize in NT,' " she said. "If it's accepted by the community, maybe it can be a tradition."
The Fall Festival Craft Show will feature 20 crafters selling a variety of items, including handmade jewelry, seasonal items, candles and homemade jams. The festival will include carnival-style games (often with a fall twist), crafts, face painting and bounce houses compliments of Front Yard Flair.
Contests are also scheduled every hour, including the Scarecrow Relay, an adult/child wheelbarrel race and Candy Corn Catapult. Live music, including performances by the youth band Saving Silence at noon and Suzuki Strings at 1 p.m., is also planned.
"There's really something for everyone," said Alex Domaradzki, youth coordinator of the recreation department. "We're hoping it's going to attract a lot of people.We're really excited about it ... and hopefully the weather cooperates."
Tom Croop, North Tonawanda assistant fire chief, said when Lichtenberger approached him about taking part in the festival, he was already considering changes to the fire department's annual open house, which usually takes place this time of year.