2009-10-09 / Community

Rockaway Fall Festival A Hit With Locals

By Miriam Rosenberg

This little guy is keeping guard over his pumpkins. This little guy is keeping guard over his pumpkins. Several hundred people, eager to celebrate autumn, took advantage of a beautiful fall day last Sunday as the Department of Parks and Recreation hosted the second annual Rockaway Fall Festival at O'Donohue Park.

The festival, sponsored by Councilman James Sanders Jr., treated parkgoers to pony rides, a bounce house, candied apples, crafts for children of all ages, face painting, a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, rollerblading and a marionette show.

In the pumpkin patch, children get to pick their own pumpkin. In the pumpkin patch, children get to pick their own pumpkin. Those candied apples are messy, but they are good. Those candied apples are messy, but they are good. The baseball diamond at the park was the place for a petting zoo, pumpkin patch and horseback rides. The baseball diamond at the park was the place for a petting zoo, pumpkin patch and horseback rides. Parks employees oversaw face painting and crafts. Parks employees oversaw face painting and crafts. The petting zoo was one of the highlights of the festival and brought smiles to many young faces. It included rabbits, goats, hamsters and chickens. The petting zoo was one of the highlights of the festival and brought smiles to many young faces. It included rabbits, goats, hamsters and chickens. You go up on one side and slide down the other. You go up on one side and slide down the other.

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