For the second year in a row, the city of Hilliard will mix pumpkins and Halloween costumes in a family-oriented outdoor event, with musical and dance performances and a fundraiser for a local nonprofit organization.
The second annual Fall Festival & Musical Jamboree will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park, 3800 Memorial Drive.
The event is intended to provide a fun atmosphere for Hilliard residents and their children, said city recreation supervisor Beth Simon.
"This is just a fun fall festival for all of our families this year, while also making a difference for (the non-profit group) Patches of Light," Simon said.
Included in this year's festivities will be fall crafts, hay wagon rides, children's play areas with large inflatables, jugglers, chainsaw sculptures, chalk artists, face painting, free hot dogs, cider and hot chocolate, a hands-on reptile exhibit by P.T. Reptiles and dancing by the Columbus Dance Arts Academy, Simon said.
The Arnett Howard Band will perform from 3-6 p.m. at the park amphitheater.
Recreation and parks department director Steve Mazer said last year's inaugural festival was very well-received in Hilliard.
"It was very successful. We've received excellent feedback from the community and there were over 1,000 in attendance," Mazer said. "We're looking to do even better this year."
The festival also will include a trick-or-treat trail, where children can wear their Halloween costumes and participate in crafting and games at various stations set up along the trail, according to Simon.
The department will host a walk-for-children as part of the trick-or-treat trail, with proceeds benefitting the Hilliard-based Patches of Light nonprofit organization. Patches of Light provides assistance to families of critically and terminally ill children in Ohio and surrounding states. Registration for the walk will begin at 2:30 p.m., and the walk will begin at 3.
Chosen as the honoree for this year's walk is Michael Minton. Minton was a Hilliard resident killed by cancer at the age of 25 in 2007. His family established the Michael Minton Miracle Foundation as a way of helping those families affected by or living with cancer.
The Fall Festival & Musical Jamboree is free and open to the public. Pledge forms for the walk for children can be found at www.cityofhilliard.com.