Harvest Festival - Bexley

83.) Harvest Festival – Bexley – October 15, 2010

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If you want to see a lot of festivals, you have to plan a bit, especially once fall arrives. They’re not as frequent as during the summer months, their duration is shorter, and they could pop up all over the state.

For this weekend, most of the festivals were taking place south of Columbus, over 100 miles from me. So, if I wanted to check them out in one day, I knew I would have to come to Columbus Friday night for a closer Saturday morning start.

And, as luck would have it, there happened to be a festival going on Friday night in Bexley, a Columbus suburb, for a whole 120 minutes – possibility the shortest festival event I’ve ever attended. What luck indeed!

Taking place in Jeffrey Park, the Bexley Harvest Festival was one of those town family festivals…
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…where the only entree was pizza…

…and dessert came from either the Girl Scout or Boy Scout booths.

For a festival its length and size, I must say it was rather impressive. Families could take part in…

…hay rides…

…an activity area…

…a corn maze (that’s the Jeffrey Mansion up there)…

…and a magical stroll…

…down an illuminated pathway…


…filled with dozens of childhood characters…

…not to mention a few jack-o-lanterns.

For the more lethargic families, there were the possibilities of…

…being entertained by a juggler…

…dancing and singing to a children’s song entertainer…

…and warming up near a small bonfire.

But if you were going to take anything away from the Harvest Festival…

…it would be an orange balloon from the Bexley Recreation Department…

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…if you didn’t let it slip from your pizza-greased hand before you got it in the car.

There were a lot of pizza-greased hands.

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