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Fall Festival heads to McDonough this month

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Organizers of an annual event in Henry County are gearing up for another installment of the autumn tradition, by incorporating new elements and bringing back features favored by area residents.

The Heritage Fall Festival, sponsored by the Henry County Parks & Recreation Department, will be Oct. 18, at Heritage Park in McDonough, from 10 a.m, to 6 p.m.

The festival is in its fifth year. According to Michelle Dunn, accounts administrator in the parks department, the event will include things people of all ages can enjoy.

"It's really very family-oriented," says Dunn. "We will have trick-or-treating around the historic village at the park, a costume contest, and hay rides. We aim to bring families closer together."

The costume competition will be held at 2 p.m. The trick-or-treating will follow an hour later.

This year's festival also will be highlighted by its first Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Attendees are encouraged to bring pre-carved pumpkins to the park, to be judged alongside other entries.

Prizes will be awarded for the silliest, spookiest and most creative pumpkins in the contest.

Food, shopping, live music and entertainment also will be available during the festival.

For more information, visit www.hcprd.org, or call Henry County Parks & Recreation at (770) 288-7300.