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Stafford FallFest

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Stafford FallFest
At its core, Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers nutritious meals to our neighbors who are unable or have difficulty preparing food for themselves. Outwardly, the program is pretty straightforward - the distribution of both hot and cold food to the hands of homebound seniors who need it most. However, more than just meals, the service is also a lifeline for socialization and companionship.
Stafford FallFest

There’s music to enjoy all afternoon on Saturday,October 20th, from 12PM to 8PM, with a wide range of regional acts including, Shaded Soul (funk/soul/dance), Damn Tall Buildings (American/bluegrass), Jeremiah Hazed (jam/rock), and Merrill Shepard (solo acoustic). A showcase of New England talent, the curated lineup was produced by The Factory, a resident recording studio and sound production company that has donated professional services for the event. Additionally, Wicked Good News serves as the 2018 Stafford FallFest Media Sponsor.

Free to attend, the rain or shine event also highlights sought-after food vendors with delicious menus from Back Roads Smokin’ BBQ, The Comfort Zone, Angry Skillet, A La Carte, Sylvia’s Hot Dogs, Chili Brothers Food Co., and the Ice Cream Depot. With hospitality from Bumski’s Mobile Beer & Wine Bar, an on-site beverage garden will feature beer, local cider, and wine, with regionally-brewed selections for your drinking pleasure (must be 21+ with positive ID). Additionally, artisans and organizations will be displaying a wide array of goods in the “maker market,” a place to discover handcrafted items with an intrinsic value that represents the best of the region. The vendor selection will include original arts, jewelry, home goods, pet products, gourmet specialty items and more.

Pumpkins in the Park
From silly to spooky, Stafford FallFest invites you to put your Pumpkins in the Park - decorators of all ages are welcome! Simply bring your pre-carved jack-o-lantern to the Stafford FallFest info booth for submission, noon - 5:00pm (we’ll provide the lights). As the sun sets, pumpkins will be illuminated for evening viewing and attendees will have the chance to vote from 5:00-7:00pm on which creation they like best. Fan favorites will be announced that evening and awarded both a prize and bragging rights in three age categories: 12 & under, 13-18 and 18+. There is no registration fee and pumpkin submissions must be deemed appropriate for all ages (those viewed as unsuitable will not be displayed). Happy carving!

Adult Co-Ed Kickball Tournament
Rally your friends, co-workers or organization for an epic game of kickball during Stafford FallFest on October 20! Single-elimination games begin at noon, and teams will play five innings or 45-minute intervals, whichever is reached first. Each team can fill a roster of 9-14 players, with a maximum of 10 fielders playing at any given time (players must be 18 years or older and include a minimum of 4 females per team). Games are fun, friendly and no experience is necessary. Registration donation is $25 per team. Awards will be given to both the championship team, and "spirit champion" for most creative kickball attire, positive sportsmanship, and team camaraderie. Official kickball rules will be emailed upon registration completion. So, lace up those shoes, find your best outfit, and prepare to relive your elementary school dreams of dominating the playground and becoming this year's kickball champion! To register, call (860) 851-8102 or online at: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeedRY1Tk18r2Pcjz…/viewform

Disaster Supply Drive | 1st Responder Meet & Greet
During Stafford FallFest, Hyde Park Road will be lined with police, fire and EMS equipment, encouraging families to meet the men and women who protect and serve the Stafford community. Learn about their jobs, explore their equipment and ask questions! Find out how to be proactive in preparing for an emergency, what to do before and after a disaster, and how to protect your residence from burglary. Stafford’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members will also be on hand to share how they assist and support during both emergency and non-emergencies events. First Responders will also be collecting disaster relief donations during the event - please consider contributing items such as bottled water, batteries, ready-to-eat food, baby supplies, pet food and more. For details call Emergency Management Director, Sgt. Desso, at: 860-684-3777or email emddesso@staffordct.org

Hyde Park is located at 1 Hyde Park Road in Downtown Stafford, CT. For the FallFest event schedule, team kickball registration or details about specific activities, visit staffordct.org, email amberw@stafforct.org or call (860) 851-8102. For weekly updates, follow Stafford FallFest at fb.com/stafffordfallfest


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