Franklin Fall Festival Highlights Community and Local Heroes09/08/2023 01:00PM ● By Haleigh Abbott
The Franklin Township Fall Festival debuts September 16th from 12-5pm at Crossan Park in Kembellsville, PA. The day is packed with fun activities for kids and adults alike, with a goal to promote community and honor the area’s local heroes.
The event kicks off with a helicopter landing by Christiana Care LifeNet at noon, joining vehicles on display from the West Grove & Avondale Fire companies, Avondale State Police Barracks and Medic 94. Throughout the day, explore the 100 acres of park grounds, which is home to hiking trails, a playground, basketball, tennis and pickleball courts, and a native wildflower garden. But don’t worry, you won’t have to do it all on foot - a hayride will run throughout the park offering a festive ride to your destination!
Kids will enjoy activities such as a moon bounce, inflatable obstacle course, and a dunk tank. Stop by the pumpkin patch and grab a good one to decorate at the Pumpkin Decorating table, available for free while supplies last. Kids can also grab a picture with Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Dog, who will be in attendance promoting fire safety.
Adults can enjoy browsing the vendor and information tables, offering goods and crafts for all price points and information from various community partners. Dance along to live music throughout the day, and experience a dragon and drums performance by the Hung Wing Chinese Cultural Center. Guests can also enter a free raffle for a gas grill sponsored by Lowes, and other items that are continuing to be added.
Bring your green thumb along and stop by the native wild flower garden, the Healing Garden, for a native plant swap. Here you can swap plants with other gardeners, promoting biodiversity throughout home gardens and enriching wildlife by providing shelter and pollen for insects. The Healing Garden will have a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:30pm for the new arbor and garden overhaul, thanks to the hard work of a local Eagle Scout project. The Healing Garden is also home to one of three little three libraries throughout the park, so bring a book to leave or take one home!
Free snacks will be available thanks to event sponsors Herrs and Tastykake. If you’re hungry for more, food vendors will be ready to fill you up. Located right around the corner from Crossan Park, DaddyO’s will be on site for food purchases, as well as MnM Barbecue and Jersey Mike’s Subs.