Photos: Harvest Fest And Paws 2011
The annual autumn festival overtook Burke Park and King Street Sunday.
Live mannequins, dogs in costumes and pumpkin-flavored funnel cakes were just a few of the sites in downtown Malvern on Sunday during the Malvern Harvest Fall Festival and Paws in the Park. Over 150 vendors lined King Street and Burke Park, featuring artists and craftspeople, musicians, local businesses, food and activities for kids.
In Burke Park, kids enjoyed games and crafts like sand art, pumpkin painting and more, while on the other side of the park, pups and their owners sniffed around the doggy-related stands at Paws in the Park. Shelters and rescue groups brought puppies with them for kids to pet, some bearing signs saying "adopt me."
Down on King Street, dozens of vendors sold wares that ranged from beaded jewelry to photography services to lawn ornaments made entirely of spoons, while enjoying music from local music schools at tents placed throughout the event.
Kiss and Makeup boutique decided to try something a little different for the festival: placing living, breathing mannequins in their windows. Kiss and Makeup's Darci Henry said her business partner Lisa Di Caprio got the idea from a visit to Manhattan. Interns and local customers volunteered for the job, then got dolled up with makeup, hair and gowns and stood in the windows of the store.
"They've scared quite a few people," Henry laughed. "We're having way too much fun."
Farther east on King Street, kids could walk through a haunted house, courtesy of The Little Publisher, for a donation to the SPCA. Kids made their way through dark, cobwebbed rooms full of creepy creatures, and their bravery was rewarded at the end with sweet treats.
"I love Halloween, and I wanted to do something really fun and creative to bring traffic through my store," explained owner Dana Hurley, who was decked out for the event in a full-on witch costume.
See the attached photo gallery for some snapshots of the day.