New festival makes debut Sunday at Aladdin Land

FESTIVAL FAMILY — New to the area, having relocated here earlier this year from Texas, Heidi Anthony, back left, and her husband, William, front left, and children Mackenzie McCain, back right, and Liam McCain are involved in planning a first-time Bloomingdale/Unionport Fall Festival which will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Aladdin Land, located at 6355 township Road, Bloomingdale. Admission is free. -- Contributed

BLOOMINGDALE — A family from Texas new to the area is organizing what they’re calling 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. Admission is free.

Heidi and William Anthony moved earlier this year to the Unionport/Bloomingdale area with their children Mackenzie McCain and Liam McCain and had heard about the Apple Stirrin’ Festival in Unionport that had been a longtime annual tradition before it recently ended.

“We were told repeatedly about the amazing local event, that it was missed and something the community was proud of,” Heidi communicated through e-mail questions. “We felt God led us to this community as our home, and we had event experience 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 led to start a new tradition with a goal of replacing the scholarships lost with Apple Stirrin’s absence,” Heidi explained.

The festivities will include:

– Multiple DIY craft options as well as canvas painting;

– A pie contest with three categories — apple, pumpkin and other — with a $5 entry free and winner take all;

– A chili contest with a $5 entry fee and winner take all;

– A car 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 to benefit Unionport Christian Church.

A partial list of vendors and activities includes Pourro garlic Cornstalks and 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, the Jefferson County Humane Society, Lularoe, pumpkin painting, temporary tattoos for kids, Boy Scouts bean soup, a Chinese auction and snacks and drinks.

This year proceeds are going to the Unionport Christian Church. “We will be establishing a planning committee for future years to decide where proceeds should go, with a five-year plan to establish a scholarship fund for graduating students from Bloomingdale/Unionport.

Inquiries can be directed to Heidi by phone at (361) 237-6377 or by e-mail to 43910fallfestival@gmail.com.


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