INDIAN LAKE - As the leaves begin to fall and the temperature drops, local towns are entertaining with their annual fall festivals. Indian Lake will host its annual Fun Family Halloween Festival Oct. 23, from 3 to 6 p.m. in Byron Park.
Activities planned for the afternoon include pony rides, face painting, pumpkin painting and carving, games and crafts, ghost stories, and much more. Music will be provided throughout the day by Adirondack Acoustic, a hometown band that always provides great entertainment.
"We encourage all parents to dress their youngster up in costumes and bring them to the costume parade," said Vonnie Liddle of Indian Lake tourism. "No one will want to forget their cameras."
The parade begins at 2:45 p.m.
Featured will be the Pumpkin Platform, which displays pumpkins that have been "decorated" by either carving or painting. Local artists can create pumpkins at the festival or bring their own. Pumpkins can be purchased the week of Oct. 18-22 at the town hall between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for $3 each.
"We want to welcome everyone to participate and show off their creations," said Liddle. "It's a great opportunity to show off your creative talent. We want to meet a challenge of 100 pumpkins for the platform."
New to the festival this year is the Scarecrow Contest. Scarecrows will be displayed on the front lawn at Byron Park Oct. 21-23 for judging.
Entry is free and cash prizes will be paid out for first, second and third place. A committee of volunteers will judge the entries.
"It's an excellent way to get the community more involved with the festival," said Liddle. "And is a great opportunity to bring the tradition back 'alive' again."
For many years, the town of Indian Lake was overcome with scarecrows displays during the fall season, but recently this tradition has stopped.
Scarecrows should have an obvious theme, be no smaller than four feet and no larger than six feet, and should not include commercial costumes. Votes for the winning scarecrow will be cast by the viewing public. Ballets will be available at the town hall and chamber of commerce. The results will be announced during the festival.
To enter the contest or for more information on the festival, contest Liddle at 648-5828 or stop by the town hall or the chamber of commerce.