Orange Park Fall Festival returns for its 39th year this week

By Don Coble don@opcfla.com
Posted 10/13/21

ORANGE PARK – The oldest and largest arts and crafts festival in Clay County will return this weekend to Orange Park Town Hall.

The Orange Park Fall Festival will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 …

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Orange Park Fall Festival returns for its 39th year this week

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ORANGE PARK – The oldest and largest arts and crafts festival in Clay County will return this weekend to Orange Park Town Hall.

The Orange Park Fall Festival will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event also includes more than 200 talented artisans, live entertainment and plenty of food and drink.

The Fall Festival became an Orange Park tradition in 1982. According to the city, the festival celebrates the harvest season with a juried selection of arts and crafts. Jewelry, pottery, glass, carved wood, fiber arts, and other fine handmade gifts. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get some early holiday shopping in, and of one-of-a-kind gifts.

You may follow the path of delectable smells wafting from festival food vendors. Fall Festival always sees a wide selection of good eats and drinks. Pizza slices, gyros, barbecue, funnel cakes, kebabs, seafood, and more. Many arts and crafts vendors will have edibles, too: baked goods, jams, jellies and pet treats.

Orange Park Fall Festival is also a great place for music, with two stages presenting non-stop, live entertainment. Past years have seen more than 30 different performances on the schedule, including regional favorites and the occasional big-name star. This year’s headlining band is the Atlantic City Boys.

The entertainment schedule includes Mayor Randy Anderson offering a welcome message on Saturday, the National Anthem by Sadie Miller and the flag ceremony by the Ridgeview High Navy JROTC. The rest of the schedule includes the AllStarz Dance Studio at 10:15 a.m., Sadie Miller at 1045 a.m., Releve’ Academy of Dance at 11 a.m., Miss Marie’s Kids at 11:30 a.m., Showtime USA at noon, the Atlantic City Boys at 1 p.m., Wehner’s School of the Arts at 2:35 p.m., LeAnn Purvis and Kian Sanchez at 3:05 p.m., Destiny Dance Center at 3:35 p.m. and the Fat Cactus Band at 4:15 p.m.

On Sunday, the Middleburg Academy of Dance get things rolling at 10 a.m., followed by Coy Ballet at 10:45 a.m., Arts Edge Dance Studio at 11:30 a.m., Kennedi Craven at 11:55 a.m., First Baptist Church of Orange Park Choir at 12:20 p.m., the Atlantic City Boys at 1 p.m., Dansations/Paradigm Flux at 2:35 p.m., Asbury Arts Center, 3:20 p.m., Asbury Arts Center at 3:20 p.m., Orange Park Junior High cheerleaders at 3:45 p.m. and the Mandela Band at 4 p.m.

Children can bounce on inflatables in the Kids Zone. And, of course, the shopping is second to none with art, unique gifts, handmade quilts, jewelry, pottery, and even treats for your furry friends. What’s a festival without great food? With more than 30 food vendors, every taste can be satisfied, including a variety of food from barbecue and local seafood to funnel cakes and turkey legs. Farmer’s Market fans can even pick up some fresh produce.

There is free parking and a free shuttle will be available at Moosehaven at 1701 Park Ave. Utilize the Park Ave. gate to enter the property. The shuttle will run continuously from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visitors are asked not to bring pets or park across the street at the Winn-Dixie/CVS lot. Limited handicap parking is available at the Police Station located at 2025 Smith St.

Admission is free.

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