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Fall Fest Returns to Downtown Holland and the Holland Farmers Market This Weekend!

Fall Fest returns to Downtown Holland and the Holland Farmers Market this Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 this year! During this two-day event, the entire community is invited to celebrate everything there is to love about fall, with professional pumpkin carving, hayrides, pumpkin painting, street performers and more! Fall Fest is proudly sponsored by Crown Motors, member of West Michigan Honda, with in-kind support from the Courtyard Marriott, Fris Downtown, Kips Hotdogs and The City Delicatessen.

“As a locally-owned family business, we enjoy supporting our local economy and communities,” said Crown Motors General Manager Brad Siegers, “Crown is proud to be the exclusive sponsor for Fall Fest and we look forward to spending time celebrating fall with our friends and neighbors in Downtown Holland once again this year.”

Eight of the nation’s best professional pumpkin carvers, including Food Network alumni, will make a return appearance at this year’s Fall Fest. On Friday, October 11, the carvers will spend the afternoon and evening carving jack-o-lanterns all along 8th Street in Downtown Holland from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Their jack-o-lanterns will be lit from within and will remain on display after the sun sets. We promise you won’t see jack-o-lanterns like this on your neighbor’s doorstep on Halloween night! While you’re downtown, be sure to enjoy dinner at a Downtown Holland restaurant or pub, spend some time shopping for fall fashions and home décor or grab a hot cup of coffee or cocoa to sip while you stroll.

On Saturday, October 12, the professional carvers will return to Downtown Holland from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, where they will spend the day sculpting incredible, three-dimensional pumpkin displays. Watch these talented artists at work, then be sure to return later on to see their finished masterpieces! Street performers, including face painters, caricature artists and balloon twisters, will add to the fun from 12:00
pm – 3:00 pm. Hayrides from Downtown to the Holland Farmers Market and back again will also be available from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm thanks to Market vendors Visser Farms. Hayrides are just $3.00 per person for the roundtrip.

You can also watch the professional pumpkin carvers show off their talents at the Holland Farmers Market from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 12. Children can paint pumpkins for just $1.00 per pumpkin during that time as well, with all supplies provided. And while you’re at the Holland Farmers Market, don’t forget to visit our vendors to get your fill of everything fall! The Market will be open from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm and is stocked full of seasonal décor items, including pumpkins, gourds, mums, hay bales and corn shocks, along with everything you need to create your family’s favorite fall dishes. You’ll find apples of every variety at the Market, along with squash, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables. And as always, you can pick up fresh baked goods, farm-raised meats and eggs, honey and maple syrup, and much, much more while you’re here.

For more information on Fall Fest and a complete schedule of events, visit the official event website at www.hollandfallfest.com or contact the Downtown Holland office at 616.796.1210.

2019 Fall Fest Professional Pumpkin Carvers

Greg Butauski is a Certified Master Carver by the National Ice Carving Association and has been carving ice for 25 years. He is the owner and mastermind behind Rock On Ice in Sunbury, Ohio. Greg travels all over the country and even internationally, carving temporary works of art out of ice, fruits, vegetables, sand, cheese and yes, pumpkins. His clients include major corporations, restaurants, sports arenas, zoos and cities of all sizes.

Greg Demaline is an accomplished carver whose career began 15 years at Elegant Ice Creations in Broadview Heights, Ohio. When he’s not working as a professional ice sculptor, he loves carving pumpkins and is working to expand his skills with other food mediums. Greg is excited to carve in Holland for the first time at this year’s Fall Fest.

Chad Hartson is a former World Champion ice sculptor who owns and operates Ice Creations in Napoleon, Ohio, the largest ice facility in the entire state. Chad has won a multitude of local and regional ice sculpting competitions. Not only is he champion at ice sculpting, he is also a highly skilled pumpkin carver, food carver and sand sculptor and has appeared on the Food Network’s “Cake Wars”.

Danny Kissel of Newville, Pennsylvania is a self-taught artist who developed his own unique style across various mediums, including pumpkin carving, chainsaw wood sculpture, ice carving, sand sculpture, graphite portraits and professional airbrushing. Kissel appeared on Season 4 of “Halloween Wars” on the Food Network and his carvings have earned him features in a variety of publications.

Lauren Klapec is currently the Garde Manager Chef at Orchard Lake Country Club in West Bloomfield, Michigan, where she has worked for over five years. She has been carving professionally for over six years. She began her journey as a carver in the ice world as a member of the award-winning Oakland Community College team, and now also carves fruit and pumpkins too. Lauren is excited to be returning for her second Fall Fest!

Jay Leahy is a fierce competitive chainsaw carver and sculptor in various mediums, including ice, wood, sand, pumpkins vegetables and snow! After several years of carving for others, he decided to form his own company, Leahy Legacy Custom Carvings. Street art is a passion for Jay and he loves to entertain crowds at fairs, festivals and private events with his remarkable carving skills.

Oba Rhodes Jordan aka “The Sculptornator” hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. Having a lifelong passion for creating art out of food, he formed Edible Sculpted Creations as a full-time business venture two years ago. As part of Edible Sculpted Creations, you can find Oba carving fruits and vegetables at local TV stations, fundraising events, festivals and more.

Ryse Swanson is from White Lake, Michigan and works as a Pastry Chef at Walnut Creek Country Club in South Lyon. She won America Culinary Federation Michigan Pastry Chef of the year 2018 and Central Regional Pastry Chef of the Year 2019. She and her husband, Robbie, have two wonderful and sassy daughters, Maisie 2, and Clara 3.5 months. She is very excited to carve in Holland for the first time!

About Crown Honda
Crown Honda serves Holland, Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Kentwood and Kalamazoo and is proud to be an automotive leader in the community. Since opening their doors in 192, Crown Honda has maintained a solid commitment to their customers while offering the widest selection of Honda vehicles in the area.

About Downtown Holland:
Located in the heart of the City of Holland just minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan and adjacent to Hope College, Downtown Holland is a premier shopping, dining and events destination like none other. Downtown Holland offers over 100 boutiques, shops, galleries, restaurants, and breweries, along with service providers, non-profit organizations, private residences and more. Downtown Holland is also home to family-friendly special events throughout the year, along with unique cultural attractions and an award-winning farmers market. For more information, visit us online at www.downtownholland.com or follow Downtown Holland on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About the Holland Farmers Market:
The Holland Farmers Market is located at 150 West 8th Street at the Eighth Street Market Place in Downtown Holland. The Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm from May 15 through December 21, rain or shine. Each season, the Holland Farmers Market brings together over 100 local farmers and vendors, food trucks, street performers and special events. Be sure to shop early for the best product assortment! The Market offers free parking and an ATM onsite. Visit Market staff inside the front lobby of the Holland Civic Center Place for information on food assistance programs, including Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks, Senior FRESH and Project FRESH. Animals are prohibited at the Market.