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Brandon harvest fest reports record turnout

BRANDON — In a record crowd, more than 400 people turned for the annual Brandon Fall Festival on Sept. 30 at the town recreation park. Festivalgoers played games, painted pumpkins, took hayrides, enjoyed seasonal foods, and lined up by the dozens at stations to make Brandon’s famous Leaf People.
“Thanks to the dynamic efforts of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce and everyone who came out to make one for their home, more than 300 Leaf People were made” throughout the afternoon, said Brandon Recreation Manager Bill Moore.
Moore noted that the event took on added activities this year with the partnering of several other community organizations, including the Neshobe PTO, Brandon Free Public Library, Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Brandon Area Toy Project and the Brandon Town Recreation Department.
“It was a significantly larger crowd than we’ve had in the past because we collaborated with these other groups, and combined a couple of fall activities into a single event,” Moore said, adding that the initial reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.
Moore lauded the efforts of the organizations for providing what he called “tons of games and fun” for the kids, as well as hayrides provided by Rick Nicklaw.
Moore did his part as well by providing music throughout the afternoon, and praised the chamber’s annual creation of the Leaf People, which will be displayed throughout town through Halloween “providing a friendly wave to passersby” and adding a bit of that spooky feeling at night. A community picnic capped the event later in the afternoon.

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