By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: Nov 2, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
MCKENNEY – McKenney’s 3rd annual Autumn Fest was held on Friday, October 27, 4 to 10 p.m., in McKenney Town Park, and happily coincided with McKenney’s last Farmer’s Market of the year. Local Farmers displayed and sold a large variety of their beautiful late-season produce.
There were also tables after tables of homemade jams, jellies, the most-exotic preserves, delicious cakes, pies, cookies, and so much more. The smell of BBQ chicken cooking over the open-grills made your mouth water. Truly, this last McKenney Farmer’s Market of the year had to have been the best!
McKenney’s Autumn Fest had so much to do and see! There was something for everyone to enjoy—the young and old alike. Even our four-legged friends walked around happily enjoying the sights and sounds. There was cornhole, hula-hoops over the cones, ball in the bucket, and so much more. The pumpkin-carving competition produced some of the most artistic, unusual, and out-of-this world jack-o-lanterns most ever seen!
McKenney’s Autumn Fest is put together each year by the Town of McKenney, and sponsored by Dinwiddie County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. According to Lisa Wajick, Special Events Chairman, McKenney, “The Fest has grown and continues to get better each year.” This wasn’t hard to see from the laughter of the children and adults as they walked around the Fest. It was clearly evident that some of the little ones were racing from place-to-place in an attempt to decide what to do next.
There was a costume contest with the spookiest, most-beautiful, and original costumes imaginable. Boy Scout Troop 185 offered delicious nachos, popcorn, and other treats. There were a variety of games where the children could win tickets and then redeem them for all kinds of delicious candy–lots of candy!
Throughout the entire afternoon and evening, there was music everywhere. One of the afternoon’s favorite and major attractions was the show by the beloved Mad Scientist of RVA. Her educational show was scientific, yet magical, and is geared to elementary-age children; although several adults also clearly learned a thing or two.
At dusk, to cap off the evening, there was a showing of the movie, “Spiderman: Homecoming,” on the giant outdoor screen. Some of the little ones, clearly droopy-eyed, nodded-off, probably dreaming about the day’s fun. Many of the much-older hardcore 5-12 year-olds; however, were still going strong at the movie’s end! Perhaps too much candy?
An amazing day was had by everyone–another outstanding McKenney Autumn Fest in the books!