Frankford will hold its fifth Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 30, starting with a parade at noon.
Depending upon the number of participants, the parade will start at either the town hall or the Presbyterian Church. Children in costume are being asked to be at either location by 11:30 a.m. if they wish to take part in the parade.
The parade will lead to the town park, where there will be festivities all day. There is no rain date for the festival.
“It’ll have a small, hometown feel,” said Town Clerk Terry Truitt, adding that – although everyone is welcome to attend, whether they live in Frankford or not – they are not trying to compete or be as big as, for example, the Seawitch Festival in Rehoboth. “It’ll be small and quaint,” said Truitt.
Once festival-goers arrive at the park, they will find craft vendors with homemade gifts; “Silly Willy” the Clown, making balloon characters; three area churches and the Frankford Public Library offering craft projects for the kids; and face-painting, hayrides, pumpkin painting and a two-horse buckboard wagon ride – all for free.
The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company will be cooking hotdogs and hamburgers, and those, along with sodas and fries, will be available for purchase.
Truitt said they are also hoping to have a “smoke house” simulator from one of the area fire companies, with “safe smoke” that simulates a real fire, so people can learn what to do in the event of a fire.
There will also be water target shooting, a K-9 unit demonstration from the Delaware State Police and, at some point during the day, a visit from the DSP Aviation Unit’s helicopter.
After the festivities end at 4 p.m., Frankford will observe its official trick-or-treating time, until 6 p.m. on Saturday.