COLONIAL HEIGHTS – Fun for all ages, the Fort Clifton Fall Festival Carnival Extravaganza returns this Saturday.
The park grounds located behind Tussing Elementary School in Colonial Heights are transformed into an old-fashioned carnival with jugglers, games of skill and chance, clowns, fortune tellers, a shooting gallery, balloons, concessions, and face painting with Miss Lillian.
“I’m excited about the new human cannonball sideshow,” said Mike Poarch, historical reenactor, Violet Bank Museum assistant curator. Poarch came up with the P.T. Barnum-inspired idea.
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“The event is a family-friendly throwback to the small local carnivals of the late 1800s to early 1900s,” said Violet Bank Museum curator Wendy Alvis. “These early carnivals were developed from the much older, outdoor European festivals that celebrated the harvest and changing of the seasons.”
In keeping with the Barnum theme, there will be oddities on hand, just in time for Halloween, and the Queens of the Universe belly dance troupe of Colonial Heights will be sharing their talent with spectators.
Attendees may even spot a bearded lady and perhaps a jackalope.
The Harken Back String Band, formerly known as Haversacks and Hardtack String Band, will perform music from 12-00 – 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The educational-based group of musicians and singers perform songs and ballads that were popular during 19th-century America as well as old-time tunes.
“I’m always coming up with new ideas so attendees can look forward to seeing something new each year,” said Poarch. “It’s just going to keep getting bigger and bigger and more entertaining.”
In 2019, the second Fall Festival Carnival Extravaganza drew over 500 people.
The free event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Fort Clifton located at 100 Brockwell Lane in Colonial Heights.
For more information, call the City of Colonial Heights Department of Recreation and Parks at 804-520-9390.
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