Exeter Fall Festival at the Daniel Boone Estate

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The Township of Exeter Parks and Recreation Department hosted its annual Fall Festival and Hayride at Daniel Boone Homestead on October 9.

Becky Richards, Deputy Director of Exeter Township Parks & Recreation, estimates that more than 1,500 people attended for the one-day event.

“It was a beautiful day that many of our friends and neighbors came to enjoy a beautiful fall day at the Daniel Boone Homestead,” said Richards.

D’Oley, Noah Hertzog, 7, Brandi Hertzog, 7, and Talon Hertzog, 5, choose pumpkins to paint at the Fall Festival and Exeter Township Walk at Daniel Boone Homestead on October 9. (Photo by Jesi Yost – For MediaNews Group)

Proceeds from the event benefit Daniel Boone Homestead Associates and the Township of Exeter Parks and Recreation Department to improve recreational opportunities in the community.

“The Daniel Boone property was a perfect backdrop for our fall festival and the property had volunteers providing demonstrations throughout the day in the Boone house,” she said.

: Jonathan School, 3, from Reading paints a pumpkin at the Exeter Township Fall Festival at Daniel Boone Homestead on October 9. (Photo by Jesi Yost – For MediaNews Group)

The festival included cart rides, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and a full day of fall-themed activities for kids and adults, plus a beer tent , cider and wine presented by the Friends of the Exeter community library. There was also live music from Troy Witman Rocks Acoustic, The Noah Gibney Trio and Tractor Jerry and the Mud Bucket.

Troy Whitman performed at the Fall Festival & Hayride in Exeter Township on October 9th. (Photo by Jesi Yost – For MediaNews Group)

“The Fall Festival & Hayride is a community event that we love to offer to our residents of the Township of Exeter,” said Richards. “Most of the activities were free for festival visitors, thanks to our local businesses, like the hay walk, live music all day, and so many fun activities for kids and families.”

The Noah Gibney Trio performs at the Exeter Township Fall Festival & Hayride on October 9 with Noah Gibney on keyboards and vocals, Kris Kehr on bass and Sadik Akdogan on drums. (Photo by Jesi Yost – For MediaNews Group)

Richards said what makes this event great is the support from the community.

“The Fall Festival is supported by many members of the community which really enhances the event,” she said.

In addition to local business sponsors, local groups like the Exeter Township Lions Club, Exeter Women’s Club and the Exeter Township Fire Company joined the event. Cub Scout Pack 319 helped with garbage collection in the festival area, and Boy Scout Troop 319 helped organize the games for the little ones.

Jeter Rosa, 9, and Jaylianna Rosa, 11, from Exeter are playing pumpkin tic-tac-toe. (Photo by Jesi Yost – For MediaNews Group)

“We also had many high school student volunteers who donated part of their Saturdays to help run the parking lot or help families and kids paint pumpkins or drive Tractor Barrel Cars,” said Richards. “Each of these groups and volunteers helped make this event a true community event in the Township of Exeter!

  • Jaxon and Aiden Huges hold crafted ghost puppets at the Hawk Mountain Council Boy Scout Booth at the Exeter Township Fall Festival at Daniel Boone Homestead on October 9. (Photo by Jesi Yost – For MediaNews Group)

  • April Miller, 7, piles up pumpkins at the Exeter Township Fall Festival. (Photo by Jesi Yost – For MediaNews Group)

  • Sarah and Cleason Hoover, Andon Good, 10, Corin Hoover, 3, and Liam Good, 8, from Lebanon County are enjoying their day at the Exeter Township Fall Festival on October 9. (Photo by Jesi Yost – For MediaNews Group)

  • Ezekiel Badru, 4, and Emmanuel Badru, 3, from New Jersey get their hair cut for free by Whiskers Barber Company & Shave Parlor at the Exeter Township Fall Festival on October 9. (Photo by Jesi Yost – For MediaNews Group)

  • D’Exeter, Bruce and Kathy Hagman try out offerings from The Angry Anvil of Birdsboro, Semi-Sweet Cider from Frecon Farm and Lancaster Baked Pumpkin at the Fall and Hayride Festival in Exeter Township on October 9. (Photo by Jesi Yost – For MediaNews Group)

Many township programs were canceled last year due to the pandemic, including the Fall Festival and Hayride.

“We offered some new creative programs in 2020, like the Halloween Drive-Thru Spooktacular in our public works garage, which was so popular that we decided to offer it again this year,” said Richards. “Think of a large truck or treat, with the treats at the end of the drive-thru. “

For more information on upcoming Township of Exeter events, follow the Township of Exeter Parks and Recreation Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/exeterparksandrec.

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