On Saturday morning (October 20th), residents of Rutland came to the 113 Library Avenue Community Green Space ready to carve and paint pumpkins, enjoy hot chocolate and donuts, partake in chocolate covered marshmallow ghosts, and drink apple cider all while enjoying the beautiful fall day. This event marked the third annual Fall Festival presented by NeighborWorks of Western Vermont with lots of support and help from other wonderful community organizations.
At 10:30am, families started flooding in, many heading right for the hot chocolate and donuts from Dunkin Donuts of Rutland (and got a hug and picture from their mascot “Cuppy”) while others ran straight for the pumpkins to begin gutting and carving.
To keep everyone fueled while gutting their pumpkins, NewStory Center served the crowd chocolate covered marshmallow ghosts which were a huge hit with kids and adults! The Tapestry program and Rutland Head Start had fun crafts and the ladies from the Mandala House had a long line of excited kids waiting for their faces to be painted.
After their faces were painted and their costumes ready, kids headed on over to the Rutland Middle School’s tent for a turn in their “Selfie Booth” and then over to the NeighborWorks of Western Vermont booth for a cup of apple cider.
This event was all thanks to the community groups who volunteered their time and resources, as well as the Rutland Promise Community grant for Rutland community building and engagement.
We hope to see everyone back next year for another wonderful Fall Festival! We will be looking to the community for the continued support of this event and always welcome donations or sponsorship to keep these events free to the public. If your organization or business would like to support this event, please contact us at [email protected].