NORTH CANTON The weather over the last weekend in October was a mixed bag of goodies. Friday night was warm and mild, while Saturday night was cold, wet and dreary. Still, about 1,200 people attended the annual Fall Fest & GLOW at Fieldcrest Estate in North Canton.
The annual event includes a hayride, haunted trials and a haunted house, games, activities such as putt-putt golf, a hay slide and decorations both scary and fall like. There were also seven food trucks serving piping hot selections. The highlight of the event every year is the thousands of hand carved pumpkins on display.
This year, 2,000 pumpkins were carved by volunteers. The lighted pumpkins lined the entrance, formed a giant pumpkin face on the front lawn and adorned the roof of the Welcome Center. There was also a carved pumpkin train display.
"We had adults of all ages and kids volunteer to carve the pumpkins, they received a T-shirt and free admission to the Fall Fest & GLOW," said gift shop manager Patty Campbell.
"It’s fun to watch the volunteers come back for the festival and try to find the pumpkins they carved, it’s also amazing how many of them do find the pumpkins," added General Manager Andy Campbell.
Campbell said the weather on Friday evening was perfect and the crowd size was amazing. Saturday evening the crowd was smaller but those who attended were enjoying all the sights and sounds and favorite fall foods such as caramel apples, kettle corn, apple cider and much more.
Fieldcrest has offered The GLOW for a number of years. The Fall Fest was added two years ago to expand the event.
"It’s wonderful to see this property be used for what it should be, for kids and families to have fun together outdoors," Andy said.