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Fall Fest, Night of 1,000 Pumpkins returns

By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
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Carve your jack-o-lanterns and grab your costumes, it’s time for fall on Sutter Street. “The merchants are very excited about it. The construction is going to be almost completed so it’s a good way to show off the new sidewalks and roads,” said Shannon Cheyne, Folsom Historic District Association manager. Cheyne said this year the community can come out to enjoy a variety of activities including trick-or-treating on Sutter Street Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. while dressing in full costumes. Friday night begins the events with Night of 1,000 Pumpkins where folks can bring carved pumpkins to display along Sutter Street. “We really want to reach the 1,000 mark this year. Last year we had close to 400 pumpkins,” Cheyne said. “It will be Halloween throughout the weekend.” A new addition this year is two family friendly Halloween movies played in the district on Friday including, “Ghostbusters” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” Also this year, Cheyne said a group of zombies would be attending the event on the Zombie Train, which travels by the light rail from Sacramento. They are scheduled to invade the district on the last train. Fall Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Historic District. The event includes merchant booths, costume contests, scarecrow contests, chili cook off and music. Trick-or-treating on Sutter Street will happen from 1 to 3 p.m. Dorothea’s Christmas Shop on Sutter Street is getting ready for the fall festivities and is excited to bring customers and shoppers back to the district after setbacks during the revitalization project construction. “We are happy to be done with construction by Fall Fest and have sidewalks for people to come down and have somewhere to walk while enjoying stores, shopping and food,” said Andrea Kays, 25, who has worked at Dorothea’s for nine years. Kays said she thinks this year will be fun with many community participants. “We have our Halloween windows and fall stuff out, and this year we are going to have an author coming out to our store during Fall Fest,” Kays said. “It’s going to be a big family event this year and we’re really excited.” Dorothea’s Christmas Shop will have a “Princess Party” book signing featuring Joy Allen who designed “Princess Party” ornaments from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday during the event. “Fall Fest is fun, outside and family oriented,” Kays said. “All the events are fun and it’s fun to come see all the pumpkins and how people get creative and excited.” For more information, visit sutterfallfest.com. * * * KNOW AND GO What: Night of 1,000 Pumpkins and Fall Fest When: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Where: Sutter Street, Folsom Information: sutterfallfest.com