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Whitehall Fall Fest organizers hope for better weather

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Take a sip of hot cocoa and enjoy a game of baseball toss or a ride on the Ferris wheel, all while supporting local nonprofits and small businesses.

A mix of autumn staples and summer treats will be offered at Caste Village from 6 to 11 p.m. on Sept. 26 to 28 for the third annual Whitehall Borough Fall Fest. The event will be in the center of the shopping center's parking lot, at Weyman, Baptist and Grove roads.

“The point of it is to make it a real community celebration,” Whitehall recreation director Kelly Joyce said. “I'm partial to fall. It's my absolute favorite season. The summer is so busy for people. They're going away for vacations and traveling and in the fall, they all seem to settle back into their routines with school and sports practices.”

The fall festival gives local nonprofits a chance to showcase their organizations and raise money through games and sales at their booths, to provide for the upcoming year's activities.

Several parent-teacher, athletic, borough and church organizations will be present at this year's festival, Joyce said.

“It's really helping to let people know what they're all about,” Joyce said.

Entertainment at the fall carnival also is different from that at typical summer church festivals and community events, Joyce said.

There will be six rides, including the fan-favorite “Kite Flyer,” which allows riders to lie on their stomachs and feel like they're soaring through the air.

“That's always the most popular ride,” Joyce said. “It is so unique. You don't see a ride like this at most carnivals. Typically, you have your tea cups and your Ferris wheel. We're going to have a lot of fun rides.”

Rides at the Whitehall Fall Fest also will include “The Swings” and a giant slide that Joyce said always entertains people of all ages.

Caste Village businesses also will participate, selling food, hot chocolate and apple cider.

“Hopefully, the weather will be good because it was pretty successful, even with the bad weather,” council President Glenn Nagy told his colleagues at their Sept. 4 meeting.

“It was a huge problem the first year. Rain, sleet and hail — we had it all,” Joyce said. Last year, there was only one day of nice weather.

“There's no way three years in a row that nature could be so cruel to us,” Joyce said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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