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This is a great time of year to attend our community events: Editorial

Posted 9/11/19

Activities in our area don’t come to an end when school starts back up.

In fact, this is one of the best times of the year in this area to get out in the community and take advantage of the …

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This is a great time of year to attend our community events: Editorial

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Activities in our area don’t come to an end when school starts back up.

In fact, this is one of the best times of the year in this area to get out in the community and take advantage of the great activities being offered.

On the heels of the recent Kuppy’s Diner Cruise-in that took over several streets of Middletown on Aug. 29 comes one of the biggest events this Sunday.

The Middletown Home is playing host to its No. 1 fundraiser of the year, Pumpkin Fest 2019, on the campus of the Middletown Home at 999 West Harrisburg Pike, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Sept. 15.

There will be four bands, an old-fashioned chicken barbecue in partnership with Lower Swatara Fire Department; a Pumpkin Fest Beer Garden sponsored by Tattered Flag Brewery & Still Works offering a “Special Edition Pumpkin Fest Ale” and bratwurst; and wine tasting sponsored by Olivero’s Vineyard.

More than 150 local and regional artisans and vendors from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia will be on hand, along with the “Pumpkin Chunkin Contest,” Caricatures by Neillustrations, face painting, barrel train and hayrides, build-your-own scarecrows, pumpkin painting, and a Pumpkin Fest Raffle Extravaganza. See more details on page A2.

We are also happy to see that the Kiwanis Club of Middletown’s annual Halloween Parade will return for 2019, for the 66th time.

Earlier this year, as Kiwanian Melody Wilson was being honored for making the parade happen in front of the Middletown Borough Council, she expressed uncertainly as to how long it will continue.

“I don’t know if we are going to be able to pull it out for the upcoming year,” Melody told borough council on Feb. 5. Without Kiwanis getting more members, she said, it becomes more uncertain with every passing year whether the parade will continue.

So take advantage of this year’s event.

It is scheduled to be held Monday, Oct. 21, with the rain date of Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The parade will start forming at 6:15 p.m. The bands and performing groups will assemble at Fink Elementary School. All fire and emergency equipment need to enter Hoffer Park from Mill Street, where they will line up.

At 7 p.m., the parade route will proceed north on Race Street, left onto Water Street heading west, then left onto Union Street heading south.

The parade will officially begin at the intersection of Race and Conewago streets, where the bands and performing groups will be forming into the parade.

The parade will disperse just before Karns market. The judges stand will be set up in the parking cutout just above the Brownstone Café on the west side of Union Street.

Learn more at www.kiwanisclubofmiddletown.com.

There are other events as well, including something going on at Penn State that we will report more on in a future edition. It’s called the We Are Weekend, and it’s Sept. 27-29.

There will be free sports clinics, music, games, entertainment, food, campus tours, athletic events, a chancellor’s reception featuring Penn State Berkey Creamery Ice Cream, a concert, a movie, men’s and women’s soccer games, a cornhole tournament, special events for alumni and much more.

We hope to have more details for next week.

There are always new events popping up as well. Remember VFW Post No. 1620’s first Freedom Community Festival on Aug. 17? We hope that become a community tradition.

Another such new event will be held Oct. 12, when the Tattered Flag plans on holding an Oktoberfest celebration on Union Street in front of the brewery and still works, “to bring you an evening full of German-style entertainment, food and activities,” its website states.

This is on the heels of Tattered Flag’s Little Little Beer Festival on May 1 at which 28 craft breweries set up in the first block of South Union Street from Emaus to Brown.

This is just a sampling of what is going on around here. We try to keep you updated on events big and small, be it in stories or in Town Topics or in LaVonne Ackerman’s weekly column.

Get out and support local groups and businesses — and have fun in the process!