October 16, 2017 – After tasting and analyzing many scrumptious dessert entries, guest judges Mike the Mailman Herr, Cathi Alloway of Schlow Library, and Scott Dutt of Happy Valley Optical awarded blue ribbons to Jaylyn McCoy’s “Pumpkin on a Log” in the adult division and to William Antonio Duiker’s “Cream Cheese Pastries” in the under 17 division during Saturday’s Downtown Fall Festival.
“The Fall Festival is a wonderful community event and having the Happy Valley Dessert Contest as a part of it really gives it the hometown feel,” noted Downtown State College Improvement District’s Executive Director Irene Miller. “Jaylyn and William will now have bragging rights for an entire year, along with their $50 downtown gift cards!”
While local bakers awaited the results, they enjoyed the Fall Festival along with roughly 3,000 attendees.
“Some of the highlights of the Downtown Fall Festival include the Pumpkin Patch, the Tumble Bus, the bounce house, the fun house, and the pony rides,” added Miller.
PSECU sponsored the pumpkin patch, where kids could pick-out a free pumpkin and then pose for a family photo. Then, they visited the tables in front of Growing Tree Toys to decorate their pumpkin in Halloween stickers.
“Pine Orthodontics and State College Presbyterian’s Stay & Play Preschool were generous in their sponsorship of the bounce house and Tumble Bus activities, which are always such a crowd pleaser,” noted Miller. “The Centre County Youth Service Bureau was also wonderful in organizing many local non-profit organizations to attend the event and set-up free kids’ activities for attendees.”
Attendees enjoyed the fall weather while listening to live music from Bluegrass Redemption and Blind Horse Wagon. Along with the music, there was also the smell of good food in the air.
“People lined up to try Rosie’s Pierogis, get their fix of kettle corn from Carl’s Crazy Corn, or buy a hot dog from the Wiener Wagon, which also served walking tacos,” added Miller. “Of course, we had dessert covered. Anyone with a sweet tooth could purchase a $1 sample of any of the dessert entries after the judges made their determination.”
Please visit DowntownStateCollege.com for more information about this event, future events, and other things related to living, working, and playing in the Downtown State College area.