Durham to host first Fall Fest

The Economic Development Commission is promoting a town-wide Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 19. Fall Fest will include promotional sales offered by local retailers, activities on the Town Green, a fall decorating contest for residents, and more.

The commission is advocating for businesses to offer special sales and promotions that day and encouraging shoppers to come out and explore retail offerings and join in the educational and recreational activities on the green. The Durham Volunteer Fire Company and Durham Agriculture Commission will be on site. The Durham Ambulance Corps also will be on the green and activities are planned at Durham Public Library. The Registrars of Voters will be on hand to register eligible Durham residents and the Durham Middlefield Interlocal Agreement Advisory Board will be taking orders for its composters and digesters. Activities on the green will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Store openings will be as posted by the individual businesses.

The Durham Fair Association Farm Museum and the Durham Historical Society will both be open that day. The Durham Garden Club will be decorating the Durham Historical Society front yard and encourages homeowners to enter a decorating contest jointly sponsored by the Durham Garden Club and the Economic Development Commission.

The fall decorating contest is open to all Durham residents. To participate, register with the Economic Development Commission by mail at EDC, P.O. Box 428, 30 Town House Road, Durham. Or register in person at Town Hall. You will be assigned a number to indicate your participation in the contest.

Fall Fest Decorating Contest Rules: Have fun decorating your front door, a lamp post, or your front yard for fall. Be sure to place your assigned number in a prominent place on your lawn. Voting begins Oct. 12 and continues all week. Voting will be in person at participating businesses. The winner will be announced on Oct. 20 and will receive a basket of prizes donated by the businesses.

The optional use of Facebook, Twitter or any other networking is encouraged to get your friends to vote for your fall display. There will be plenty of ideas on display at the Durham Historical Society headquarters, which will be decorated by the Durham Garden Club in time for the Durham Fair.

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