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Quakertown Celebrates the Season with Autumn Alive Festival
Written by Kelly Kalb, Correspondent
Members of the Philadelphia Mummers All Stars Band walked the festival, treating visitors to the sound of string band music. At left, State Representative Paul Clymer joins the group, waving an American flag.

        The chill of autumn was in the air on Saturday, Oct. 20 in Quakertown, but did not weaken the spirit of a community coming together to support the revitalization efforts of the borough. 

        Quakertown Alive presented their annual Autumn Alive Fall Festival in the downtown area of the borough from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
The festival began over 10 years ago and continues to draw a large crowd from numerous locations throughout eastern Pennsylvania. There truly is something for every age group, and pets, at the festival.
The well-known Broad Street pet parade was a huge hit among festival-goers, especially children. Pets were dressed up in Halloween attire and marched down Broad Street led by their owners, with the best costume winning a prize.            
               Ellen Stafiniak, who traveled from Lehighton stated, “I just love seeing all the animals in costumes. They are so adorable.”

Izzy Sussmen kisses a Boston Terrier at the kissing booth at Saturday's Quakertown Autumn Alive Fall Festival held in the downtown area.

           Multiple local businesses provided tables displaying sale items such as jewelry, gourmet dog treats, cosmetics, kettle corn, baked goods and more. Local animal groups such as the Bucks County SPCA, Last Chance Ranch and Camp Jean’s Doggy Daycare were also on hand providing inexpensive games for children and organization information.  
        Windy Springs Farm of Quakertown had a display of fresh produce for sale as well as pumpkins, gourds, hearty mums, and farm-fresh eggs. The stand was popular amongst festival-goers.
        Kid-friendly activities were in abundance throughout the festival, including sand art, face painting, free cupcake decorating and a petting zoo.   Kidz on the Go also provided a fun-filled-fitness on wheels enclosed slide with tubes to crawl through for smaller children. 
        There were also several street performers providing entertainment on the go. However, the most popular attraction was located in the heart of downtown Quakertown in the band shell. Throughout the day free entertainment was provided by Radio Disney, Groovitude, UBACE, All Star Kenpo Karate, and Miss Cindy’s School of Dance.

 Mikayla Weaver, 4, of Quakertown, pets the sheep in the petting zoo, which was among the many attractions for children.

        The Radio Disney 640 AM Road Crew based out of Philadelphia danced to popular music from Disney recording stars. Audience participation was encouraged and several children were brought up on stage to show their dance skills. Each child in the audience received a small gift.
Some parents sat with their children while others enjoyed table seating and a taste of Quakertown which was provided by several food vendors from the area.
        Brynn Bieber, 9, of Fleetwood sat back to watch the Radio Disney performers, had a snack from Helen’s Pierogies, and reflected on her time at the festival. When asked what she enjoyed, she stated, “The pet parade was really cute and a lot of people let me pet their dogs.” She also added, “I really liked shopping for jewelry and making sand art.”
        Quakertown Alive and the community pulled together a festival that certainly pleased the crowd in attendance with convenient free parking, no admission to the festival itself, and a family-friendly environment. 





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