The 19th annual Long Island Fall Festival at Huntington’s Heckscher Park kicks off Friday and runs through Monday.
The festival, hosted by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Huntington, will feature a carnival, blood drive, food courts, a beer and wine tent, and music. Children can look forward to pony rides, a petting zoo, a corn maze, bean bag toss and pumpkin painting.
“Every year the festival gets bigger and better,” festival chairman Larry Kushnick said. “We have a lot of new vendors, new musicians and volunteers, so it’s a very invigorating and refreshed year, and we all can’t wait.”
New this year will be a battle of the bands and a baby care lounge where parents can comfortably attend to their little ones.
The event runs Friday from 3 to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, with parking available at the Huntington Station Long Island Rail Road station and shuttle rides offered for a $1 roundtrip.
On Sunday the Long Island Sons of Italy Columbus Day Parade will make its way down Main Street starting at 12:30 p.m. Grand marshals will be former state parks commissioner Bernadette Castro and Marine Capt. James Byler, an Afghanistan Wounded Warrior.
Above: Long Island Fall Festival attendees gather on Madison Street along Heckscher Park in Huntington. (Oct. 1, 2011)