It is one of the biggest fall festivals held in the region. Yesterday, September 27, 2014 Bensalem Twp. held their annual Fall Festival at the municipal complex. This started many years ago as a quick tour of the police station and municipal complex. It grew to the extravaganza that it is today. Carnival rides, concerts, food trucks featuring major restaurants in the area and a car show. It’s all here and it’s held once a year.
The biggest draw comes in the morning,for the vendor exhibit. It is here that people walk around and get a bunch of free promotional items. Everything from pens and pencils to hand sanitizers, can he had here. If you are a vendor, you might want to read to read this. This year,there were hand sanitizers and cool towels being distributed, among the highlights. The key is arrive early. If you wander in at 1:00 p.m., the best goodies are gone. There was a line of folks ready to get in by 8:15 a.m.
The public safety display at the Fall Festival is always a large draw. Kids can climb firetrucks and see police equipment. They can dress as a SWAT cop and adults can learn about truck enforcement, which is handy to know especially if you have plans to tow something or haul something. The food vendors were very reasonable with prices. many times folks will go to these kinds of events and get gouged for $6.00 hot dogs . Not here. you could get a decent meal for about that same $6.00 and that includes a drink.
The car show is always a place where car enthusiasts can come and look at vehicles and talk shop. Trophies were given and cars were judged. Small kids liked the carnival rides and were thrilled when the police demonstrations were held. This included a K-9 show and a motorcycle stunt show. Let’s be honest here, it was not just kids that were impressed by what was happening on the blacktop with the motorcycles.
By nightfall a concert was held by a 60’s tribute band and then there were fireworks.
During the day, a dunk tank was in operation where people can dunk public safety professionals, including the director of public safety. For $10.00 you could run up and push the button and put the person in the water. During Director of Public safety Fred Harran’s turn, he was dunked by some of his officers. As for the civilians that dunked him, Harran joked that “We promise not to ticket your cars if I go in the water”. Over $1000.00 was raised for charity.
The date has been reserved for 2015.It is October 5 2015. Mark your calendars.
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