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Lower Milford Celebrates Fall with Community Festival
Written by Kelly Kalb, Correspondent

 Rodney Dieffenbach, owner of Country Carriage Rides, was available again this year for free carriage rides provided by horses, Penny and Babe.

        Lower Milford Township’s 10th annual Fall Festival delivered not only beautiful weather this year, but loads of fun for all who attended. 

        The festival began in 2003 as a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lower Milford Township. Since that time, township residents and volunteers from several organizations dedicate their time and hard work to provide families and residents a full day of fun.
        It was held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the township building located at 7607 Chestnut Hill Road. 
        The majority of activities were located outside the township building with a variety of offerings for all ages. Children were able to make their own kite or puppet, play several $1 games with generous prizes, operate pedal train cars and compete in a kids’ tractor race. 
        Two beautiful Shetland ponies, Pippy and Maisie, were available to pet and brush from the non-profit organization Personal Ponies. The organization provides a pony, free of charge, to any child with a disability whether it is emotional, physical, disease or birth related, or accidental. 

 Kraussdale Alpacas, East Greenville, brought two of their alpacas which were part of the many displays for festival-goers to take in.

        Maggie Wright from Kraussdale Alpacas, East Greenville, brought two of her extra fluffy friends and information on their 10th annual open farm event scheduled for Nov. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
        After petting the ponies and visiting the alpacas, refreshments were also plentiful, including hamburgers, pulled pork, grilled chicken sandwiches and smoothies, to name a few.
        If you were in the mood to take treats home, Pappy’s Orchard displayed apples as well as bakery items including pies, buns, cakes, and breads available for purchase. 
        Festival-goers enjoyed walking the grounds, stopping frequently at craft vendor tables to check out antiques, handmade items such as hand held fans or purses, garden flags, and more. Children were all smiles while sitting in a wagon being pulled by a John Deere tractor, free of charge. 
        Rodney Dieffenbach, owner of Country Carriage Rides, was available again this year for free carriage rides provided by horses Penny and Babe. Music at the festival was provided by Just So-guitar duo, Mickey Freeman and Jon Fields, from Allentown as well as the Forgotten Mountain Boys band.

 Conner Pierce pedals a toy tractor in the children's tractor races.

        New this year was a group of cloggers which calls themselves FiddleKicks. They perform several types of clogging dances to live old-time music. This hour-long performance drew a hefty crowd with knee-slapping audience members smiling and children trying their hand at dancing on the sidelines as well. 
        Another attention-getter during the festival was the well-known Lower Milford Residents Association silent auction. An abundance of tables were set up inside the township building with over 80 baskets on display in addition to 200 individual items for auction. 
        All auction items are either donated from local businesses or local residents. This year’s proceeds go towards the development and maintenance of the township park as well as to the association’s treasury. 
        Township officials hope to continue the tradition of the fall festival into 2013, when it is typically held the fourth Saturday in September. 





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