Frankford to kick off fall with big festival

Those looking for a parade and a celebration marking the end of October – and the beginning of trick-or-treating time – need look no further than Frankford and their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25.

This year’s festival will be held in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company and the grand opening of its new fire hall. Instead of the main area of the festivities concentrating at the park, the area of the road from the Frankford Methodist Church to the library will be blocked off, to allow to one big “block party,” according to Town Clerk Terry Truitt.

The festival will start with a parade at 11 a.m. and the day will run until about 4 p.m., with trick-or-treating following the festival, from 4 to 6 p.m.

“The whole thing is generated around keeping kids safe,” said Truitt. “It is a family-friendly event, and it should be a fun day.”

The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company will be giving away free smoke detectors as part of their fire-prevention campaign. And, at the end of the parade, there will be a ceremonial “housing of the equipment,” marking that the company’s fire engines have arrived “home” in their new bays.

Also at the festival will be a D.J., two moon bounces and pumpkin painting, and crafts and story-telling with help from the librarians from the Frankford Public Library.

Truitt said everyone has been involved in planning the festival – the library, the town hall, the fire company and the church – and everyone is looking forward to a fun, safe day. Food will be available, and everything is free to the public.

Children interested in participating in the parade are being encouraged to line up at town hall no later than 10:30 a.m. Dog owners are being encouraged to dress them in costume as well. Prizes will be given for the best costumes.

Thanks to the fire company and the new location of the festival, the show will go on even if it rains – which is especially nice since the past two years of the festival have been rained out.

“Short of a hurricane, the parade will run too,” said Truitt.

Truitt mentioned that political parties or social clubs are being encouraged to contact the town if they would like to participate in the parade. She asked that any groups or clubs that want to join in have a message geared toward safety.

“We want people to share with us our small town and the small-town values that make us unique. We really want to recognize families first. The more the merrier,” she added.

Truitt said people interested in participating in the parade, or in volunteering, are should call town hall. The Frankford Fall Festival will kick off at 11 a.m. on Oct. 25, with the parade. The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company will start at 1 p.m. For more information, call (302) 732-9424.