Polk State’s FallFest, A Community Favorite for 30 Years, is Oct. 15

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Polk State College’s annual FallFest, which this year marks its 30th anniversary, will take place Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Winter Haven campus, 999 Ave. H N.E.

“What started as a small craft fair with 30 booths 30 years ago has grown into one of the largest festivals in the state,” said Lucille Hadley, interim director of arts and cultural affairs.

“Last year we had 160 artisan crafters selling everything from artwork to jewelry, woodworking, clothing, glassworks, organic soaps, bread, pies, cookies, and all kinds of yummy homemade foods.”

Longstanding — and by now, well-loved — features of FallFest include:

  • LaSertoma’s Pumpkin Patch
  • Kids Zone
  • Haunted house created by Polk State Physical Therapist Assistant students
  • Performances by Polk State Music students
  • Police and EMS demonstrations

This year’s event will also include a General Store, staged in the Student Center, where attendees can purchase relish, dips, raw honey, nuts, and other homemade foods.

“This event has become a family tradition for people who come back year after year because they know they can find truly unique, handmade crafts, great food, and a full day’s worth of entertainment for free,” Hadley said. “It’s so beloved that some northerners schedule their visits to Central Florida just so that they can take in FallFest.”

FallFest is a fundraiser to benefit student organizations and the Polk State College Foundation.

For more information, call 863.297.1050.