An annual Halloween festival will provide “a special seasonal twist” at Fairfield’s final outdoor farmers market as it is expected to draw hundreds, said Fairfield’s community events coordinator.
Farm-R-Treat, which will be held for the fourth time on Oct. 16, will feature “all your fall favorites” from local farmers as children will dress in Halloween costumes around the Village Green Park, said events coordinator Brittany Theilman.
The event is not only about the city providing another recreation opportunity for the public, but it’s about the public supporting local businesses and farmers, she said.
“They have super, awesome fall produce and items they weren’t able to carry throughout the whole summer market,” Theilman said. “And it’s a good way for the businesses that are the game sponsors to have one-on-one interactions with the community.”
The market will feature games and activities for children in the parking lot, a children’s obstacle course inside the fitness center at the Community Arts Center, food and craft vendors, live entertainment and the market in the Village Green Park. Kids are encouraged to dress up and trick-or-treat throughout the market.
Farm-R-Treat has “just grown bigger and bigger” since its inaugural year in 2016, said city spokeswoman Jenny Dexter.
“We’re just thrilled in how the community has just embraced it over the years,” she said.
It’s also one of the first times kids are wearing their Halloween costumes in the community, so it’s a good time to “test them out,” she said.
The Halloween event runs from the hours of the farmers market, 4 to 7 p.m. The market will go inside the Community Arts Center beginning in November for late fall, winter and spring, running from 4 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month.
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