BLOOMINGDALE – A family from Texas new to the area is hosting what they call the first Bloomingdale / Unionport Fall Festival featuring vendors, food and activities.
It will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Aladdin Land, located at 6355 Township Road, Bloomingdale. Free entry.
Heidi and William Anthony moved earlier this year to the Unionport / Bloomingdale area with their children Mackenzie McCain and Liam McCain and had heard of the Apple Stirrin ‘Festival in Unionport which was a long-standing annual tradition before its recent end.
“We were told repeatedly about the amazing local event, that it had been missed and something the community was proud of,” Heidi communicated via email. “We felt that God had led us in this community as at home, and we had an experience of the events, so we wanted to do something to give back to our community. “ she noted. “Our family moved here in February, and due to the amazing community, we felt compelled to start a new tradition in an effort to replace the purses lost by the absence of Apple Stirrin,” Heidi explained.
The festivities will include:
– Several DIY options as well as painting on canvas;
– A pie contest with three categories – apple, pumpkin and others – with a free entry of $ 5 and the winner takes it all;
– A chili contest with an entry fee of $ 5 and the winner takes it all;
– A motor show; and
– A duck creek race, with $ 5 for one duck or five ducks for $ 20. The winner gets 50 percent with the 50 percent going to benefit Unionport Christian Church.
A partial list of vendors and activities includes Pourro Cornstalks and Garlic Pumpkins, Marchetta Candles, Pure Romance, Toys and Popits, Martoni Fire Baked Pizza, Lemongrass Spa, Boss Bison Burgers, Red Shed Crafts , Blessed Creations by Lois, Campbell’s Crossing, Twisted Sisters, T’s Sweet Treats, From Heart to Homestead Soaps, Thirty-one Gifts, Kayla’s Kollections, Paparazzi, Tastefully Simple, Jefferson County Humane Society, Lularoe, pumpkin painting, tattoos for kids, Boy Scout bean soup, a Chinese auction, and snacks and drinks.
This year, the proceeds will go to the Unionport Christian Church. “We will establish a planning committee for the coming years to decide where the funds should go, with a five-year plan to establish a scholarship fund for Bloomingdale / Unionport graduate students.
Inquiries can be directed to Heidi by phone at (361) 237-6377 or by email at [email protected]