AUBURN, Mass. – The town of Auburn is putting a twist into this year’s fall festival, and the action-packed day promises to be a fun time for family and friends.
The Auburn Recreation and Culture Department is partnering with the Auburn Public Schools to present, for the first time, a coordinated Fall Festival and Homecoming celebration Oct. 27 at the high school.
There will be soccer and field hockey games, pumpkin painting, a costume contest, pony rides, train rides, face painting, live music, food and craft vendors and more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m on the last Saturday in October.
“It’s going to be a great collaboration with homecoming and the fall festival,” said Kristen Pappas, director of recreation and culture. “They asked me to bring it down there, and I was so honored.
“You can watch some games while grabbing a hot chocolate or hot cider,” she said. “You can do some early shopping for Christmas. We’re very excited for it.”
The Rockets will have JV and varsity soccer and field hockey games throughout the day. All of the games are against Tantasqua.
The boys JV soccer team will start the festivities at 9 a.m. Then the girls JV squad will play at 10:30 a.m. The JV field hockey team will take to the field at noon.
The boys varsity soccer squad will begin the varsity games at noon. It will be followed by both the girls varsity soccer and field hockey teams with games at 1:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, Pappas said there will be several vendors, many who come to the fall festival every year, including Crystal Caves, Keeping Auburn Warm, Critter Creations, Ataxia Awareness, Jewel Junkie and more.
“We’re excited to have many vendors coming back,” she said. “There will be a lot of great homemade items that normally you don’t see. There are a lot of people that have great talents.”
Plenty of fall seasonal foods will be available, including cider and apple crisp. In addition, there will be carnival games for kids, such as three-legged races and potato sack races, which she calls “fun, old-fashioned games that don’t cost any money.”
And if you’re looking to get involved in nonprofits, Pappas said there will be a great representation of volunteer groups at the festival.
For more information, call Pappas at 508-832-7736 or email her at email@example.com.